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Etty

When: Thu., June 5, 7:30 p.m., June 6-7, 8 p.m. and Sun., June 8, 2 p.m. 2014

Anne Frank wasn't the only young Jewish woman who kept a confidential diary while the Nazis occupied Amsterdam in the 1940s. But where Frank's writings focus on her sequestered, abbreviated adolescence, the journals of 27-year-old Etty Hillesum show her struggling to construct an identity as a writer, artist and spiritual thinker who ultimately redefines our ideas about deity, humanity and community. "I didn't like her at first," admits performer Susan Stein, who adapted Hillesum's words for this one-woman show. "But they became a reading experience I'd never had before: incredibly intimate—uncomfortably so at times." An enigmatic character, Hillesum never abandoned her community, even when the cost was her life. "She was equally committed to keeping God alive," Stein observes. "One place that always stops me is when she concludes [of Jews in wartime Amsterdam], 'You cannot help us. I shall have to help you, God.'" Austin Pendleton directs the show through Sunday, June 8. —Byron Woods

Price: $20

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