When: Jan. 8-12, 8 p.m., Sat., Jan. 12, 4 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 13, 2 p.m. 2013

The central character in Hannah Rittner’s Estate is Georgia, a larger-than-life matriarch whose histrionics and mercurial temperament play havoc with the people around her. In this re-imagining of The Cherry Orchard, Georgia stand to lose her beloved Annapolis Valley farm because of her inability to face reality. Actor Mauralea Austin is fabulous in the role, imbuing Georgia with vulnerability, selfishness and charisma. This play is peopled with huge personalities (such as the tortured but magnetic Serbian artist Penelope played by Alexis Milligan) who bring heightened drama (and comedy), but it is also beautifully anchored by more salt-of-the-earth types, like Georgia’s long-suffering sister Sylvia (Martha Irving). The ending of the play is poetic, visually stunning and also a little confusing. Still, it is a fabulous journey to that point with a fantastic cast of characters. -Kate Watson

Price: $15/$20/$25

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