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Jenn Downey, Chris Patrick, and Claire Chandler star in a farce-fueled spin on 1660s counter-culture in Liz Duffy Adams’ comedy of manners, Or,. Photo courtesy Live Arts. Jenn Downey, Chris Patrick, and Claire Chandler star in a farce-fueled spin on 1660s counter-culture in Liz Duffy Adams’ comedy of manners, Or,. Photo courtesy Live Arts.

Loosen the corset

The 17th-century never looked as wildly seductive as it does within the world of Aphra Behn. There’s a war in the background of Liz Duffy Adams’ Or, but more importantly, Behn—a spy, poet, and key feminist writer—moves in a social circle marked by cross-dressing and free love. As for Adams, the playwright toys with historical facts to highlight changing sensibilities, reconstructing the Restoration to include her own imaginative notions. But it’s this irreverence that brings attention to Aphra Behn’s crucial role, and that of the Restoration itself, in paving the way for open-mindedness.

Friday 4/12 $25, 8pm. Live Arts, 123 E. Water St. 977-4177.

 

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