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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 17 2011

Amy's husband attempts suicide just before the start of Anna Carini's ingenious, engrossing play, leaving a massive pool of blood in Amy's pristine bathroom. For the next 75 minutes, Amy, her emotionally stunted brother, and her three obsessively attentive friends clean up the viscous horror with paper towels while revealing how their cheerless, pathologically interconnected relationships leave their romantic hopes perpetually unfulfilled. It's a condensed, grotesque variation on Chekhov, and Carini's astute orchestration of telling behaviors renders it pathetic, absurd, and harrowing. The restrained performances that director Brea Hayes gets from her stellar Sinnerman Ensemble cast make Amy's ultimate breakdown—played with horrifying intensity by Cyd Blakewell—seem all the more volcanic. A final scene is extraneous—but otherwise, theater doesn't get much better than this. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$20

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