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When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 6 2011

If her current leading playwrights can be believed, Ireland is either hell on earth or a near suburb of it. Between Martin McDonagh's small-town sociopaths, Enda Walsh's stunted families, and Conor McPherson's Satan-haunted loners, the place begins to resemble that building in Ghost Busters through which the demonic hordes invade Manhattan. Now along comes Mark O'Rowe to give even more credence to the vision. His 90-minute Terminus is a set of interlocking monologues spoken (in stand-and-deliver style) by three Dubliners, each of whom has a wee personal apocalypse to describe. A is a middle-aged former teacher trying to save one of her old students from a grotesquely sadistic lover. B is a young woman whose fall from atop a construction crane lands her in the arms of a literally damned soul with a body composed entirely of worms. C is a man whose attempt to overcome his shyness has backfired in the most monstrous fashion, turning him into a serial killer. The monologues are full of baroque violence and medieval thinking. People do things to one another that might make a Saw fan wince. Yet the piece also conveys cunning humor, surprising tenderness, and a tolerance for paradox that ultimately crosses over into compassion. O'Rowe's Dylan Thomas-meets-punk rhyming can be positively endearing. This is a great, ugly, ludicrous, painful, sweet piece of work. --Tony Adler

Price: $10-$35

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