The Dead

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Feb. 27 2016

It's the Feast of the Epiphany in Dublin, which means the Morkan sisters will throw their annual dinner party, and beloved nephew Gabriel Connor will be the guest of honor. The evening is normally a delight for Gabriel, but this year feels different. Aunt Julia suffers more from her spells of weakness and Gabriel's wife Gretta is lost in thought, to say nothing of Molly Ivors' hectoring lectures on his lack of patriotism. Richard Nelson and Shaun Davey's intimate musical The Dead is adapted from James Joyce's novella of the same title, and strives to get at the same quiet realization as the story: that we're all joined in death, no matter how far away it feels. The Saint Louis University Theatre Department presents The Dead at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (February 19 to 27) at the Saint Louis University Black Box Theatre (3733 West Pine Mall; 314-977-3327 or Tickets are $7 to $10.

Paul Friswold

Price: $7-$10

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