First Nighter: Robert Boswell's "The Long Shrift," John Banville's "Love in the Wars"

July 14, 2014 10:52 PM

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The last 10 minutes or so of Robert Boswell's play The Long Shrift, at the Rattlestick, are richly dramatic. During them Richard (Scott Haze) and Beth (Ahna O'Reilly) finally get to the confrontation towards which some extremely tense events have been leading.

Classmates at Seattle's Lancaster High School, Richard and Beth didn't travel in the same circles. Nevertheless, Beth invited Richard to her 1999 post-prom party and during it led him to an upstairs bedroom, where they had a sexual encounter. She subsequently claimed she was raped. Richard was tried...

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