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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 5 2017

Casting is everything, as Elizabeth Laidlaw and Aaron Christensen prove in Joseph Zettelmaier’s two-person thriller, receiving its world-premiere production at First Folio Theatre. Zettlemaier’s story, set in 18th-century France, is a fine yarn in its own right—a rough-hewn hunter conspires with a witchy wise woman to defraud the king of some werewolf bounty. But it's Laidlaw and Christensen, both at the top of their game, who bring out the best in it as well as in each other; their every scene crackles with tension (sexual and otherwise). Hayley Rice directs, though it's hard to say whether she coaxed these explosive performances or just lit the fuse and got out of the way. —Jack Helbig

Price: $34-$44

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