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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014

Ana, a middle-aged pilot whose long work hours have kept her from too many family holidays, is determined to prevent her adult children from flying too far from the nest. So she guilts them into attending Thanksgiving dinner at her house—in March. Broad Shoulders Productions calls its new domestic dramedy "mixed form storytelling," which means things play out live and on film. The technique gives the show a magical sense of expanse; characters exiting the stage suddenly appear onscreen, in the next room, or halfway across town. But whether onstage or onscreen, writer-director J. Antonio Mendoza's timing is noticeably off, and much of the humor lands with a thud. His myriad promising family crises hardly develop before they're amicably resolved. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$20



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