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Southbridge Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 13 2013

Although Christopher Davis has lived in Athens, Ohio, his entire life, the locals call the young black man "Stranger." It's 1881, and a lynch mob is gathering outside the jailhouse where he sits, accused of brutally attacking his employer, a white widow. Reginald Edmund's haunting, powerful new play isn't just about the specter of racism, though. Through a fluid series of flashbacks, Edmund probes the passions and fears that fuel cruelty in all of us. Russ Tutterow directs a superb cast with deep empathy. The only misstep is Mike Mroch's puzzling, thrift-store scenic design: a stringy jungle of dangling neon cables that don't evoke the hangman's noose so much as trivialize it. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$32

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