Edgar and Annabel

Dec. 11—Jan. 12 $30–$45
Studio Theatre 2ndStage
1501 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 332-3300
Holly Twyford’s riveting production for Studio Theatre’s 2ndStage is Edgar & Annabel’s U.S. debut. The play follows a pair of deep-cover resistance fighters sharing a safe house in an unnamed oppressive state, struggling to maintain the illusion of their couplehood for the benefit of the government’s omnipresent but unsophisticated listening devices. You never know what kind of anomaly in your speech might prompt the surveillance software to flag you for a visit by a flesh-and-blood member of the Gestapo, and then its a black hood and zip-cuffs for you. This pair of operatives are still getting used to one another, so their dialogue is scripted by their handler. Watching two very good actors deliver intentionally unpersuasive line readings of intentionally wretched dialogue while revealing their true feelings through action is the show’s most immediate delight. [CK]

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