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Dobama Theatre presents the Midwest premiere of The Effect by Lucy Prebble, directed by Laley Lippard
Winner of the 2012 U.K. Critics' Circle Award for Best Play
Connie and Tristan are volunteers in a clinical drug trial, but when they begin a sudden and illicit romance, they must ask themselves: Is theirs a palpable chemistry — or is it a side effect of the new antidepressant being tested? As their relationship forces the supervising doctors to face off over the ethical consequences of their work, the story begins to unwind in a script that plays like a thriller. The Effect is a steamy and scintillating drama filled with humor, intelligence, and suspense.
The Effect features Olivia Scicolone, Derdriu Ring, Ananias J. Dixon, and Joel Hammer.
Content advisory: adult language, nudity, violence, sexual situations
Everything is ready for the Israeli Independence Day party at the home of Rochale and her husband, Zvika. Well, the lawn has seen better days — and so has the family. Their grown son is home from Berlin for the holiday, and he's brought an unexpected guest. Grandmother is frail and tended to by her flamboyant, newly hired South American caretaker. As neighbors come to visit, news broadcasts on the television in the back room keep everyone on edge. While smoke from the barbecue circles in the air, fighter jets circle in the sky. And as food is passed, drinks are poured, and the good old songs sung, conflicts are reignited that cannot be ignored.
It's 1910 and Negro heavyweight champion Jay "The Sport" Jackson is determined to prove he is equal to his white counterpart — in the ring and in life. Challenging his rival to "The Fight of the Century," Jay knows that even if he wins the bout, the battle for acceptance won't end. Inspired by groundbreaking sports legend Jack Johnson, The Royale is an electrifying adrenaline rush that packs an unforgettable punch as it takes you inside Jim Crow America, inside the ring, and inside the head of this remarkable fighter.