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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 13 2015

Talk about your underrepresented minorities. Velina Hasu Houston's one-act looks at the quiet desperation of women few have spoken about much less for: Japanese war brides who came to the United States with their GI husbands after WWII. Estranged from Japan, alien to America, hidden away in Podunk towns when their husbands were career soldiers, they had only one another to remind them who they were. Houston imagines five such brides meeting for tea after the suicide of one of their number. The dead woman is present too, hoping the gathering will give her peace. There's great potential here, but Houston undermines it with stock characters—the would-be aristocrat and her sycophant, the consummate assimilationist, and so on. As staged for Prologue Theatre by Helen Young, the production fails to unify the script's naturalistic passages with its bouts of poetry. —Tony Adler

Price: $25


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