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JRT brings Annie Baker’s ‘Body Awareness’ to Buffalo

Local audiences got their first taste of Annie Baker, who won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play “The Flick,” with Road Less Traveled Theater’s production of her meticulously plotted and riotously funny play “Circle Mirror Transformation” last year at the 710 Main Theatre. Now, audiences curious about Baker’s unique style will have another chance to check out the buzzworthy playwright’s work in Jewish Repertory Theatre’s production of her 2008 play “Body Awareness,” opening tonight in the Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre (2640 North Forest Road, Getzville).

The play is set on a Vermont college campus during a week devoted to considering insecurities and other issues surrounding the human body. It revolves around a couple, Phyllis and Joyce, whose relationship comes under stress during a visit from a photographer known for his female nudes. Joyce’s grown son, who has signs of Asperger’s syndrome but refuses to seek treatment, complicates matters even further.

“My goal for the play is to not judge anyone, to get at that point where everyone is equally right and equally wrong, Baker told the New York Times in a 2008 interview.

The JRT’s production, directed by company co-founder Saul Elkin, stars Eileen Dugan, Kristen Tripp Kelley, Tim Newell and Adam Yellen. It runs through June 1. Tickets are $20 to $38. Call 688-4033, Ext. 391, or visit www.jewishrepertorytheatre.com.

-Colin Dabkowski

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