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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 21 2018

The Cuckoo’s Theater Project presents Qui Nguyen’s play about Agnes, an ordinary girl from small-town Ohio who must go on a role-playing adventure in order to get to know her oddball younger sister, Tilly, who died in a car crash with the rest of their family. After the accident, Agnes discovers a notebook Tilly left behind describing a Dungeons & Dragons saga. With the help of one of Tilly’s dorky high school friends, Agnes plays the game—sword fights, spells, monsters, and all. The fight scenes and sarcastic, self-aware asides keep the story moving, but it’s Agnes’s aching regret about not bothering to appreciate Tilly while she was alive that raises it above nerd escapist fantasy. I’ve never cared a bit for D&D, but I didn’t roll my eyes once. Angela Forshee directed. —Dmitry Samarov

Price: $30

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