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Ripcord 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3 p.m. Continues through Oct. 15 2017
Price: $25/adult, $20/senior & military, $15/student
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Threshold Repertory Theatre's artistic director Jay Danner aims to push the envelope on the company's lineup this year, presenting some thought-provoking productions. "It's hard to compare all the plays in this season, but they all do tend to have a common theme," Danner says. "The season spans a broad range of interests to appeal to lots of people and has a lot of wit." The first play of the season, Ripcord, features two elderly ladies living in a retirement community who relentlessly try to one-up and out-do each other to secure the best room. Abby, played by Linda Esposito, and Marilyn, played by Lorilyn Harper, seem to be foils of each other, but come to realize they have more in common as the play progresses and they push each other closer to the edge. Danner describes this show as funny, yet dark — and a bit challenging to watch, much like the rest of the season's productions. Ultimately, how Ripcord comes a bit out of left field is what drew Danner to the production. "You think it's gonna be a screwball, but as it goes along, you understand why the women are the way they are," says Danner. "There's more to it than 'this woman is cranky, and this woman is happy' ... you get to care about the characters on a deeper level."
— Kristen Kornbluth
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