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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 6 2014

Tolstoy defined art as the "infectious communication of emotion," the somewhat mysterious transfer of feeling from one person to another. Such a connection lies at the heart of Kathleen Tolan's fascinating new dream play. The plot is simple: Hannah (Julia Rose Duray), a talented young violinist, is estranged from her mother, Margaret (Holly Allen); Hannah resents having become what her mother wanted to be. The two speak indirectly through letters and conversations, some of them imaginary discussions with such figures as Glenn Gould and Arnold Schoenberg. The central conflict is more moving given this oblique approach and Tolan's contrapuntal structure. At one point Hannah confesses to Gould that she feels a deeper connection to Bach or Beethoven than to any living person. Gould understands, and through Tolan's art we do too. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $20, $15 for students and seniors

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