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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 19 2014

As children Robin and Hazel survived horrifying abuse from a mother with untreated postpartum psychosis. Now Robin's pregnant, and Hazel, inexplicably convinced her sister can't avoid her mother's fate, spends most of act one entreating Robin to abort her fetus, all but destroying the sisters' once life-saving bond. The animating crisis in Caitlin Parrish's new drama is nonsense; in truth, Robin's risk of postpartum psychosis is about 3 percent. This sloppy dramaturgy should sink the play, but Parrish creates such emotionally nuanced characters and shepherds them through such an intricate moral minefield it's foolish to resist the story's considerable allure—an allure further enhanced by director Erica Weiss's impeccably performed premiere for Route 66 Theatre. Even with the extraneous final scene, it's a deeply affecting show. —Justin Hayford

Price: $35

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