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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 1 2009

Set in the era of America's westward expansion, Howard Korder's sprawling historical epic uses one man's wanderings to explore the American Dream and its offshoots: American Deception, Delusion, and Disappointment. Arriving in New York in 1815, Irish immigrant Jim Newman (Jeremy Fisher) is bewitched by the myth of boundless opportunity fed to him by a sinister but persuasive explorer who fancies himself a demigod and would be played by Daniel Day-Lewis if this were a movie. (Here the riveting Yosh Hayashi obliges, with relish.) Korder overwrites in places, but his vision of the continent as a violent landscape filled with zealots, con men, thugs, and dupes both captivates and convinces. Jonathan Berry's scrappy production is distinguished chiefly by the intensity and immediacy of the acting. It's three hours long but gripping from start to finish. --Zac Thompson

Price: $18


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