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Rutherford's Travels Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2016

Adapted from Charles Johnson’s National Book Award-winning novel Middle Passage by Ilesa Duncan (who also directs) and David Barr III, Rutherford’s Travels follows the picaresque adventures of a freedman named Rutherford Calhoun (ably played by Breon Arzell) who, while trying to make his fortune in antebellum New Orleans, unwittingly stows away on a slave ship bound for Africa. Johnson’s tale echoes Poe, Melville, Conrad, and a host of others, but what makes his work extraordinary is how well he balances the protagonist’s personal journey with a searing indictment of the peculiar institution and the slave trade. Likewise, in translating the story from page to stage for Pegasus Theatre, Duncan and Barr succeed in giving us a ripping yarn that makes us feel—and reflect. —Jack Helbig

Price: $30, $25 seniors, $18 students

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