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Strangers Knocking

Robert Tenges’s new play addresses a touchy issue: what happens when a father and his daughter start experiencing their love as erotic attraction? Tenges, director Adam Webster, and an incredible cast explore the subject with grace and empathy. The scenes between the father (Michael Nowak), mother (Kirsten D’Aurelio), and teenage daughter (Bethany O’Grady) are startlingly […]

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You Say Tomahto

I’m sure the readers were as confused as we were [Hot Type, April 29]. I’ve received enough e-mail from Argentineans and Italians alike to last the rest of the year. The Italians say that Nocioni’s family probably came to Argentina from Italy after WWI or WWII. They say the correct pronunciation is Noche, not a […]

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Eternal Return

Eyewitness accounts often differ because observers reconstruct their fragmented memories of an event into a coherent but not necessarily accurate whole. So it’s plausible that the teenage characters in this MadJoy Theatrics production should all have different recollections of the day when a runaway car crashed into a front stoop crowded with girls, killing one […]

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Monade, Zincs

Since putting the name the ZINCS on his 2001 album Moth and Marriage, Jim Elkington has evolved from multitracker to band leader, and his steady live lineup performs on the new Dimmer (Thrill Jockey). Elkington’s elegant, low-key melodies are stronger here and his doleful croon more assured–lines like “What doesn’t kill me only makes my […]

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Dark Ride

Like many of Len Jenkin’s plays from the 1980s, this one is a shadowy thrill ride along the margins of dispossessed America, as ten grifters–roadside cafe waitresses, an occultist-cum-mentalist, a soldierless general, a deluded jeweler, and an accidental jewel thief–look for spiritual and/or monetary salvation. Led by the beguiling, understated Jarrett Sleeper as the jewel […]

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Martin Furey’s Shot

Maureen Gallagher’s absorbing play about photojournalism and its discontents gets a nearly perfect world premiere. Gallagher doesn’t avoid all novice-playwright pitfalls–the ending is a bit pat–but she makes us care about the central characters, a quartet of photographers (and the girlfriend of the wildest among them) covering the end of apartheid. Darrell W. Cox as […]