A detective, a pedophile, and a disgraced cop walk into a shrink's office.... Roughly speaking, that's the plot of Dominic Orlando's Strong, a play about three people who share a psychiatrist and dark secrets. The quickly paced drama battles the threadbare material of run-of-the-mill cop serials with fair characters who keep their cards close to the vest throughout the story. What makes the play work is the relationship—reminiscent of George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men—between a former police officer and his disturbed friend, played by the always-adept Terry Hempleman and the remarkable Sasha Andreev. Orlando's short play "Little Green Man," an exercise in snappy dialogue, precedes the main performance.
Fri., July 31, 5:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 1, 10 p.m.; Thu., Aug. 6, 7 p.m.; Fri., Aug. 7, 10 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 9, 7 p.m., 2009