by Annie Baker (Outside the March/Crow’s Theatre). Three ushers in an indie movie theatre navigate life as they attend to the last 35mm film projector in town. Previews from Oct 6, opens Oct 10 and runs to Nov 2, see website for schedule. $30-$55.
Three minimum-wage employees at a suburban Massachusetts movie house sweep up popcorn, chat about their lives and pass the time with trivia. That might sound banal, but Baker’s Pulitzer Prize-winner, sensitively directed by Mitchell Cushman, says a lot about class, art and changing eras. Nick Blais’s eerily authentic replica of a movie house provides a realistic backdrop for these characters (soulfully played by Amy Keating, Colin Doyle and talented newcomer Durae McFarlane), whose small revelations, betrayals and jokes take on significant weight by the end. One of the best shows of the year.
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Location - Streetcar Crowsnest