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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 19 2017

The power of Margaret Edson’s moving Pulitzer-winning play lies in how skillfully she avoids both melodrama and steely reportage as she reveals the story of Vivian Bearing, a brittle but brilliant academic, suffering through chemo and stage IV ovarian cancer. Marti Lyons's direction echoes the cool intimacy of the script, turning the performing space into a medical theater (seats on sides, the patients in the center) that at once draws the audience in and holds them at a distance. Likewise, Lisa Tejero delivers a virtuosic performance as Bearing, a perfect balance of razor-sharp intellect and expanding heart—watching her fight for a life she had not hitherto fully experienced is both devastating and redemptive. —Jack Helbig

Price: $36


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