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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Friday To-Do: 'Next Fall'

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Harold Dean, left, and Jackson Stewart star in The Weekend Theaters production of Next Fall.
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  • Harold Dean, left, and Jackson Stewart star in The Weekend Theater's production of "Next Fall."

7:30 p.m. The Weekend Theater. $12-$16.

Geoffrey Naufft's "Next Fall" concerns a couple — Adam and Luke — who don't see eye-to-eye on matters of spirituality. Luke is a dyed-in-the-wool fire-and-brimstone Christian and Adam is an atheist. Luke is worried his significant other will spend an eternity in the lake of fire, while Adam can't brook such superstition. An accident forces uncomfortable confrontations amongst their friends and families.

When the play opened in June 2009, the New York Times' Ben Brantley called it "an intellectual stealth bomb," and "the kind of gently incisive, naturalistic play that rarely materializes anymore." The play's off-Broadway run was extended for several weeks, and opened the next spring on Broadway with the same cast and director.

Weekend Theater director Ralph Hyman saw the play on Broadway and loved it. This production stars Jackson Stewart, Harold Dean, Ryan Whitfield, Hannah Blackburn-Parish, Allison Pace and Byron Taylor. It runs through April 21.

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