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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 21 2016

The folks at Steep Theatre are so closely associated with contemporary British plays that it's refreshing when they take on something as hard-core American as this 2013 drama by Samuel D. Hunter. Set (with due metaphorical portentousness) on the eve of the millennium, The Few gives us Bryan, former publisher of a paper for long-haul truckers, who turns up back home in Montana, much the worse for wear, after having walked out on his life four years earlier. The play is at once soft and hard, sentimental and cool, giving and cryptic: a modest, assured, often funny look at the struggle between love and survival. Though there's room for Peter Moore to push further into the hard-bitten, you've got to admire his restraint as Bryan. Dana Black is delightful for all her cussedness as Bryan's jilted girlfriend. And Travis Coe's performance as a damaged teen manages to be over-the-top and precise at the same time. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$35

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