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How to dress a wound

By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  October 24, 2014

The somewhat repetitive script of Injuries calls for variation in the actors’ delivery, and Stephens could direct Miller and Salvato toward greater variety with some refrains in the middle scenes. Their capability for such nuance is fully evident in the final scene, when they make the word “stupid” express beautifully intricate sentiments. As they pronounce it now with affection, now frightened concern, now deadened resignation, we hear the full, messy depth of the bond that’s long been both torture and balm.

Gruesome Playground Injuries | by Rajiv Joseph; directed by Kent Stephens; produced by Kent Stephens’ STAGE FORCE, at the STAR Theater, 120 Rogers St, Kittery | Through October 26 | 207.439.3800

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