Theater: Twisted Lives

The Rimers of Eldritch, by Lanford Wilson, is a little bit like seeing and hearing vignettes from Winesburg, Ohio set to the cadences and dramatic form of Under Milk Wood. Eldritch is a once coal-rich Midwestern ghost town, whose remaining citizens have become tiny little slag heaps of humanity. The frustrated urge to flee has become the venomous urge to flail one another. They use one of the weapons of the weak—their tongues—and the air they breathe is incessant and malicious gossip. It takes a crime for anyone to become visible in Eldritch, and the play revolves around the trial of...

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