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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 13 2015

Twenty-four years ago, Frank and Romy were summer lovers. Frank's moved on, marrying Claudia and raising their son, Andi. As Frank and Claudia prepare to vacate the apartment they’ve shared for 19 years, Romy shows up, insisting that Frank’s two-decades-old declaration of eternal love—made through a pop song—was a solemn promise Frank must honor. And boy, is she insistent. German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig’s potent, menacing 2004 farce gives director Elly Green a run for her money. She nails the volatile love triangle at the play’s center, maintaining a precise balance between deadpan absurdity and psychological terror. (Unsurprisingly, the tangential relationship between Andi and Romy, which Schimmelpfennig overcooks, rings false.) Joe Schermoly’s exactingly denuded set is a fever dream of grotesque banality. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$25, two for one on Fridays


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