"Dark" describes another classic masterpiece, Beckett's tragicomedy Waiting for Godot, but its darkness about the human condition's absurdity is tempered with rough-and-tumble slapstick and verbal wit of the first order. FENIX THEATRE COMPANY won my heart by mastering both its ache and its guffaw in a beautiful al fresco production amid the urban pastoral charm of Deering Oaks Park, with magnificent performances, particularly, by Matt Delamater and David Butler.

A different worker and work were the focus of a show that after years of preparation, finally this year hit the boards: OPEN WATER THEATRE ARTS began its Of Farms and Fables project with artist residencies on local farms, and the final performance, at Camp Ketcha, featured both professional actors and those with family farming ties in a play informed by the stories and challenges of those who grow our food.

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

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