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Stelle Di Domani Series: A Boston Marriage 

When: Thu., May 31, 8:30 p.m., Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., Sat., June 2, 8 p.m., Sun., June 3, 5 p.m., Mon., June 4, 7 p.m. and Tue., June 5, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $21/adults, $13/students and seniors
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Where are the Puritans? Funny how the Victorian euphemism "Boston marriage," which referred to an intimate relationship between women, took its name from the region where Puritanism made its mark in America — largely by hanging troublesome and/or redheaded women. It's hard to imagine what would have been done back then to this play's two ladies, whose sexual indiscretions and verbal cruelties abound.

Affairs of the heart ... and purse. Anna and Claire, the two members of the titular Boston marriage, find themselves and their relationship thrown into turmoil by entanglements with a lovely young lady and an older, wealthy man. They soothe their feelings by abusing their poor Scottish maid.

Shock and auger. An auger, or drill bit, is briefly mentioned in just one of the countless double entendres that form the bulk of the play's dialogue. It's hard to sound dirty in Victorian English, but if anyone can do it, it's David Mamet. The play is presented by the Collective Collaborative Players and features College of Charleston alum Laura Rikard.

— Elizabeth Pandolfi

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