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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23 2012

There's a voyeuristic twist to the sunny California rest home of Michael Cristofer's 1973 Pulitzer and Tony winner. The terminal cancer patients in residence there are expected to talk through their feelings about dying with an interviewer acting on behalf of the audience—their loss shall be our education. Today, each is receiving visitors from the life they used to live, and they find themselves pulled apart by the death they've been asked to envision and all that those visitors represent. Directing for the Rebekah Theatre Project, Toma Tavares Langston indulges in a little gratuitous singing, but he wisely leaves most of the work to the snappy, lyrical script and the charismatic leads. As the patients cede the stage to their caregivers, the show offers a few heartrending glimpses into how we might face passing on and what our loved ones will be left with when we do. —Asher Klein

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