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The Open House

When: Oct. 27-Nov. 12 2016

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27–SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12

THE OPEN HOUSE

It's one of the bedrock principles of situation comedy: the situation never changes. But Will Eno's 2014 play, The Open House, is closer to situation tragedy than comedy, and closer to deep-seated ambivalence than either. A family patriarch takes apart meaningless small talk and sentimental bromides before starting the real emotional stiletto work on his wife, son, and daughter. Dad's decided the banality of family life is going to cease, and he's taken steps to achieve just that. But what happens if he's too successful? Manbites Dog Theater artistic director Jeff Storer directs a quintet including Michael Foley, Marcia Edmundson, and J Evarts. Byron Woods

MANBITES DOG THEATER, DURHAM

Various times, $5–$20, www.manbitesdogtheater.org

Price: $5-$20

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