‘The Power of Duff’ tackles the nature of belief

David Wilson Barnes stars in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “The Power of Duff.”
David Wilson Barnes stars in the Huntington Theatre Company’s production of “The Power of Duff.”Credit: T. Charles Erickson

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The relationship between local TV news anchors and their viewers can attain a kind of intimacy, or pseudo-intimacy, anyway.

But what if an anchor suddenly tested that relationship by ending a newscast not with the ritual signoff but rather with — of all unexpected and unsettling things — a prayer?

Stephen Belber’s seriocomic “The Power of Duff,’’ now at Huntington Theatre Company under the direction of Peter DuBois, explores that what-if scenario and its disruptive, wide-ranging fallout, examining the nature of belief as reflected in the cracked mirror of contemporary media culture.

Although the playwright ultimately bites off more than he can chew, “Duff” still adds up to a smart take on a thorny subject, leavened with an intriguing blend of skepticism and sincerity.

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