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STAGE REVIEW

In ‘Viewings,’ three voices equal one compelling play

By Don Aucoin
Globe Staff / December 1, 2011
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Joel Colodner, Christine Power, and Adrianne Krstansky deliver character portraiture at its most detailed, nuanced, and assured in a compelling New Repertory Theatre production of Jeffrey Hatcher’s “Three Viewings.’’ Under the direction of Jim Petosa, the performances by these exemplary actors cut deep, at times rescuing the play from the playwright, who has a habit of veering headlong toward sentimentality or melodramatics at key moments. But Hatcher also has the compensating gifts of wit and the ability to fashion twisty, cunning narratives.

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THREE VIEWINGS

Play by: Jeffrey Hatcher

Directed by Jim Petosa

Sets, Cristina Todesco. Lights, Chris Brusberg. Costumes, Molly Trainer. Sound, David Reiffel.

At: New Repertory Theatre, Black Box Theater, Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown. Through Dec. 18. Tickets $35, 617-923-8487, www.newrep.org