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'Journey's End' Sarah Bauer

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Journey's End

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Oct. 18-Nov. 9
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Oct. 20-Nov. 10
3 p.m.
Oct. 28
7:30 p.m.
$28
Theater

Set over four days in the trenches of World War I, R.C. Sheriff’s Journey’s End is steeped in anxiety as a British infantry awaits the looming advance of an overwhelming German offensive. Eschewing valorous speeches and battlefield heroics, the play focuses on the soldiers, who measure their scant remaining time with mundane routines, while all-too aware of the fast approaching bloodshed. Within this existential nightmare, the singular perspectives of each officer rises to the surface as they reflect upon the paths taken in their lives that have led to this fate. There’s no reassuring luxury of meaning here in No Man’s Land, only the grim reality that their lives will soon be cut short in the frenzy of battle. This local staging boasts the return of acclaimed director Bain Boehlke, whose enduring contributions include the founding of the Jungle Theater.