That said, this play and this production pose a wealth of provocative questions about the nature, limits, and abuse of psychiatry. Between the doctors' careerism, egos, and ignorant biases, Christopher easily emerges as the one sympathetic character and the hinge of some wrenching moments: Tellingly, when he finally starts opening up about the real human loneliness behind his troubles, Robert cursorily dismisses him, much as he would a dog.

Blue/Orange is a bold, sharp, and timely choice of script, especially for a new company, and the talents at work in it pose a promising addition to Portland's theater scene. Watch for another bold show from Dramatic Rep in June, when they mount Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Megan Grumbling can be reached at  mgrumbling@hotmail.com.

BLUE/ORANGE | by Joe Penhall | Directed by Keith Powell Beyland | Produced by Dramatic Repertory Company | at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage | through March 12 | 800.838.3006

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