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When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2018

One is tempted to make snide use of the title. But let's just say that Caridad Svich's 2012 play is an earnest, angry, tedious thing that takes cliches about poor but strong Appalachian women, mixes them up with familiar tropes about the suffering of the returning warrior, and—well, that's pretty much it. Just mixes them up. Evelyn is the bossy older sister who thinks she has to be hard for the family's sake; Ali is the baby sister with dreams; and Lexie is the troubled vet self-medicating on the cheap with beer. They fight a lot, usually invoking their dead mama. There's some backwoods mysticism and a guy named Hector who insists that he loves prickly Evelyn, though who knows why. Then everybody reconciles: again, who knows why. Denise Yvette Serna's miscast staging adds a whole other layer of stasis and opacity to this 20% Theatre production. —Tony Adler

Price: $20


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