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The Children

Every Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun. from Jan. 12-Feb. 10
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Jan. 13-Feb. 10
2 p.m.
$27-$47
Theater

A routine existence seems to have been re-established post-apocalypse in contemporary playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s disturbing dystopian drama The Children. The event that triggered a nuclear meltdown is nearly four decades past. Two married survivors, both former physicists at the plant that leaked doomsday levels of radioactive matter into the atmosphere, have settled into what passes for domestic contentment. But the play’s mounting distress comes not from the immediacy of ecological disaster but from the delayed repercussions that arise in the form of an ex-colleague showing up at their remote cottage after a 38-year absence. Though their visitor’s true motivation isn’t immediately apparent, a sense of dread permeates the estranged reunion, escalating with an intensity that will have audiences hanging onto every curious phrase and gesture. Anxiously examining The Children’s provocative suggestions on complacency and complicity, the Jungle Theater production offers a formidable trio of actors (Laila Robins, Linda Kelsey, and Stephen Yoakam) under the direction of Casey Stangl.