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A/Version of Events Staff Pick

When: Thu., March 5, 8 p.m., Fri., March 6, 8 p.m., Sat., March 7, 4 & 8 p.m., Sun., March 8, 2 p.m., Thu., March 12, 8 p.m., Fri., March 13, 8 p.m., Sat., March 14, 4 & 8 p.m. and Sun., March 15, 2 p.m. 2015
Price: $20
Continuing Plan-B Theatre Company's excellent current season is the world premiere of Matthew Ivan Bennett's A/Version of Events, which opens with a married couple working through things on a road trip, and builds a visually (Jesse Portillo's lighting design is tremendous) and aurally (as is Cheryl Ann Cluff's sound) compelling piece of theater, using all the tools of the trade to complement the text. It's a lovely show, with form and content in near-perfect harmony. The pillars supporting the enterprise are performances by Carleton Bluford (who also wrote Plan-B's excellent February premiere Mama) and Latoya Rhodes as the central couple. They're both terrific actors, and they work splendidly together. That chemistry carries the play through a first hour that feels a bit shapeless; an abbreviated trip to New York to the 9/11 memorial leads to seemingly random talk about movies and other ephemera, as well as a detour to Pennsylvania's Hershey Park. It would be an eminently pleasant night at the theater simply to watch Bluford and Rhodes talk about stuff and occasionally sing, but eventually it becomes clear, as per the title, that there's something specific that they're avoiding. And when this part of the show kicks in, director Christy Summerhays' staging moves the actors to a point almost directly on top of the audience, making it impossible to look away even if one wanted to. (Danny Bowes)
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