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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2016

The weaknesses in Douglas Parker's lyrical recounting of Andrea Yates's 2001 bathtub drowning of her five children are manifest. Characters haphazardly alternate between embodying and narrating their scenes, the devil skulks about without purpose, and everyone, from coroners to reporters to police detectives, is equally inclined to wax poetic. But its great strength is equally apparent, namely its meticulous humanizing of the woman who murdered her children to save them from hell and to bring the death penalty upon herself for being a terrible mother. Similarly, Genesis Theatricals' production, under first-time director Patrick Murphy, has its obvious flaws (lots of traffic flow problems, for starters), but its simple, straightforward approach lets nothing obscure its central horror. Melissa Nelson's near catatonic turn as Yates is gripping. —Justin Hayford

Price: $32, $17 students and seniors

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