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The Lyons, by Nicky Silver

28 Market St, Warren, RI   (view map)

2nd Story Theatre is kicking off the new year with an offbeat offering: The Lyons, by Nicky Silver. It debuted Off-Broadway two years ago. As Village Voice critic Michael Feingold noted in his review, “Looking though they do like conventional realistic comedies, Nicky Silver’s plays have, to a critic, a reassuring oddity. Never exactly about what they start out being about, they tend to twist, or more often to hop arbitrarily, away from the straightforward narrative you initially thought they were conveying.” The 2nd Story folks offer this synopsis: “As Ben Lyons lies dying, his wife of 40 years, Rita, flips through decorating magazines, planning a living room makeover. When their children are summoned to Ben’s hospital bedside, all efforts at a sentimental goodbye to the dying patriarch are soon abandoned as they snidely trade accusations, savagely reveal secrets, and hilariously kick the ego out of one another.” The dark (and profane) comedy runs in the Downstage space at 28 Market St, Warren, through February 9 (Thursday-Saturday at 8 pm, Sunday at 3 pm) | $25, $20 under 22 (previews Jan 10-12 $20) | 401.247.4200 |

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