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When: First Monday, Friday, Saturday of every month. Continues through Aug. 1 2015

It’s stunning how Suzan-Lori Parks’s surrealist play about an Abraham Lincoln look-alike both embraces and totally avoids issues of race. Lincoln’s dead, and now an impersonator—a black man—has taken to staging the 16th president’s assassination for money. Parks lets this kind of smart juxtaposition do the talking throughout the play’s uninterrupted 80 minutes, which here are filled to the brim with a beautiful staging from Vanessa Stalling, a former Redmoon associate artistic director who previously directed that company’s successful revival of the moody and brilliant The Cabinet. Stalling’s use of sound and color perfectly accentuates the show’s acting, especially Travis Delgado as the impersonator, who with his very index finger summons a John Wilkes Booth so lifelike you’d swear you were back in 1865. Sic semper tyrannis indeed. —Chloe Riley

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