Laundry and Bourbon/ Lone Star

When: June 23-25, 8 p.m., Wednesdays, 8 p.m., June 30-July 2, 8 p.m., Sun., July 3, 2 p.m. and July 7-9, 8 p.m. Continues through July 6 2011

Sometimes theatre shows us slices of our own lives, and sometimes it shows us things a little less familiar. It’s more of the latter in James McLure’s double bill of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star . In McLure’s 1970’s Texas, the women are confined to housework and gossip (with a little alcohol thrown in), while the men cat about, brawlin’ and drinkin’ and generally misbehavin’. The three actresses that tell the women’s story are all strong (Leslie Milne is a particular stand-out as the harried mother of some monstrous children), but their age disparity is a little disconcerting considering they are meant to have gone to school together. The men’s story is both amusing and a little upsetting---the laughs come from their brutish/boyish behavior and the upset comes from one of the character’s experiences during the Vietnam War. Both plays provide interesting snapshots of a different time and place. –Kate Watson

Price: $13/$16

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