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Church; Urban Education Smackdown; Lorca in a Green Dress

ChurchHarbor Stage Co., Wellfleet, Mass., (508) 349-6800“Alternately engrossing and irksome,” Young Jean Lee’s exploration of spirituality certainly has its moments, said The Boston Globe. A few, like a mesmerizing dance sequence and a call-and-response number, are as “rich and strange and moving as faith itself.” Some of her rhetorical firework displays, though, “reek of self-indulgence.”

Urban Education SmackdownThe Shadowbox, New Orleans, (504) 298-8676This “electric” one-man show is the result of Jim Fitzmorris’s year as a charter-school teacher, said the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The performer’s denunciation of parents, administrators, and politicians can get shrill, but his “blunt, if not downright acrid,” depiction of a failing school system is nonetheless “an eye-opener.”

Lorca in a Green DressCasa 0101 Theater, Los Angeles, (323) 263-7684Nilo Cruz’s highly surreal play about a Spanish poet in purgatory “could easily be a disaster in the wrong hands,” said Backstage.com. But director Jennifer Sage Holmes and her cast make sense of the afterlife of Federico García Lorca, a victim of the Spanish Civil War, “in a way that is accessible and enjoyable.”

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