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'Far Away': A Tense, Muddled Take On Churchill’s Short Fairy Tale

Todd (Gabriel Levey) and Joan (Madeline Wise) in “Far Away.” Photo by Maria Baranova

Caryl Churchill is one of the finest playwrights in the English-speaking world. Any of her plays — and she has written nearly 50 in the last 45 years — can surprise, shock, challenge conventional assumptions, mix horror with her own notions of humor, find seemingly endless ways to explore the dystopian world in her head, even mix historical figures with contemporary characters. No wonder young directors want to bring her plays to stage with their fresh eyes and ideas.

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