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Stage Review

‘High’ stakes in rehab

Turner rises but drama lacks depth

Evan Jonigkeit and Kathleen Turner, pictured in the New York production of “High,’’ are reprising their roles for a national tour. Evan Jonigkeit and Kathleen Turner, pictured in the New York production of “High,’’ are reprising their roles for a national tour. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times/File)
By Don Aucoin
Globe Staff / December 9, 2011
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From the beginning of her remarkable career, when she coolly reduced William Hurt to a hapless dupe in 1981’s ”Body Heat,’’ Kathleen Turner has often spelled trouble. In ”High,’’ though, Turner plays a Catholic nun who goes to great lengths to get someone OUT of trouble. The dogged attempts by Sister Jamison Connelly (or Sister Jamie as she is called) to rehabilitate an angry, psychologically wounded young drug addict add up to a kind of rescue mission.

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HIGH Play by: Matthew Lombardo

Directed by Rob Ruggiero

Sets, David Gallo. Lights, John Lasiter. Costumes, Jess Goldstein. Sound and original compositions, Vincent Olivieri. At: Cutler Majestic Theatre, Boston, through Dec. 11. 617-824-8000, www.aestages.org