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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 25 2012

Believe it or not, Canada has an alternative theater tradition, and Michael Healey's ruminative 1999 play was inspired by one of the founding works from that tradition: The Farm Show, a 1972 piece based on stories collected by Toronto actors in rural Ontario. Healey gives us one such actor—Miles, a terror on the tractor who doesn't know which end of the cow to milk. Yet farmers Angus and Morgan let him work for them while he does his research. Angus's Memento-esque inability to form new memories and Morgan's suspect reminiscences awaken the detective in Miles, and his quest for material becomes a search for the truth. Julie Ritchey's staging for the Filament and Den theater ensembles is crisp and captivating. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$22

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