‘Muckrakers’ digs up secrets at Barrington Stage

Kahan James portrays Stephen and Kate Rogal plays Mira in Barrington Stage Company’s production of “Muckrakers.”
Kahan James portrays Stephen and Kate Rogal plays Mira in Barrington Stage Company’s production of “Muckrakers.”Kevin Sprague

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“Muckrakers,’’ now at Barrington Stage Company, is structured as a kind of mutual seduction involving Mira, a young American political activist, and Stephen, a British hacker-journalist. Stephen is not a fugitive, but he is a man on the move from country to country, having published classified files leaked to him by a soldier outraged by the violence against innocents committed by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

From the moment he and Mira stumble semi-drunkenly into her New York studio apartment, Stephen, played by Kahan James, has sex on his mind. Mira, portrayed by Kate Rogal, seems primarily interested in the inside skinny on how Stephen got hold of all that secret information. Over a tense, talky, and revelatory evening, each pursues those respective goals.

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