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Winterset The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 23 2016

Convinced of his father’s innocence, Mio (Maurice Demus) sets out to uncover the truth about a murder prosecution gone awry. Based on the case of Sacco and Vanzetti, two Italian-American anarchists who in 1921 were convicted of first-degree murder and eventually executed, playwright Maxwell Anderson’s epic drama is a rare treat straight from the vault: 1935 to be exact. This resurrection from Griffin Theatre Company is chock-full of the sort of weighty poetic verse and scrumptious dialogue found in any good Shakespearean tragedy. Righteous indignation runs aplenty but with a soft touch, notably from Demus and Larry Baldacci as the unsettled Judge Gaunt. Jonathan Berry directs a fantastic cast, and the anarchist sentiment of the play, even its subtle sense of unnerving populism, feels especially relevant in these times. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $36, $31 students and seniors


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