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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 5 2015

In her 2006 play Lydia R. Diamond takes a fundamental human need—to be seen for one’s authentic self—and refracts it through a series of racial, socioeconomic and psychological lenses, all while concocting an archetypal domestic drama ripe with festering, destructive family secrets. The design is ingenious, and Diamond excavates numerous fascinating, troubling complexities of being accomplished, wealthy and African-American in contemporary America. But her theatrical skills can’t keep pace with the play’s intellectual demands, let alone the complicated network of backstories among her characters, and too often her diagrammatic scenes display more dramaturgical convenience than dramatic urgency (Chuck Smith’s methodical, rhythmically unvarying direction exacerbates the script’s general stasis). The cascading implosions of the soap operatic finale feel especially forced. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$45

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