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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 8 2016

The best thing about Annie Baker’s hyperrealistic 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama—how effectively she conveys the sheer drudgery of working a low-rung job at a rundown movie theater—is also the worst thing about it: the play is more than three hours long, and much of that time is spent watching actors sweep up stale popcorn or mop up soda spills. Along the way we get to know the stunted souls who do this work. Baker’s dialogue is virtuosic, and she's a strong storyteller even if her stories unfold at a glacial pace. Director Dexter Bullard’s production re-creates the look and feel of a movie house and highlights the drama coiled within it with the attention to detail of a Chuck Close painting. Likewise, his superb four-person ensemble succeeds in imbuing the most mundane tasks with meaning. And believe me, this play is packed with mundane tasks. —Jack Helbig

Price: $49-$86


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