When: Fri., Aug. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 20, 9 p.m., Sun., Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 27, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Aug. 28, 6 p.m. 2011
The setting is 1940 Appalachia. Residents of a coal town gripped by a mining strike hold palaver. The mettle of picketers and gun thugs alike is tested by the arrival of company scabs, and shafts dug deep in the coal-rich ground draw battle lines that force you to choose a side. Which will you choose?
In this ambitious, well-produced play, playwright Kim McCann takes us back to 1940 Appalachia for a lesson in union busting, fleshed out with old- timey mountain music, the wood slat walls of a humble home and even era- correct tableware. Like Fire, however, is too much lesson — and in a rush to establish back stories and historical context and, without any ambivalence, exactly who is right. There is excellent writing here that has a place in a better play that hushes the message and stretches out the storytelling, that uses words, music and silences to conjure characters, not eras. - Josefa Beyer
Price: $5 backer button, $10 general admission, $7 students with valid ID, $5 children under 12