But if Church lingers well outside the gates of glory, failing to deliver either true salvation or the parodic punch we expect, neither does it demand too high a tithe. Like Boston-based Orfeo Group, Harbor Stage Company is an artist-run troupe founded by young if seasoned players pledged to create affordable theater in the funky haunt on Wellfleet Harbor that originally housed Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and which has more recently served as WHAT's second stage. The core company — Collins, Fielding, Withers, Stacy Fischer, artistic director Robert Kropf, and Lewis D. Wheeler, all WHAT vets — do everything from act, direct, and pick the plays to man the box office and swab down the Pepto-Bismol– colored johns. And tickets are just $20 for an eclectic first season that began with Hedda Gabler, continues with Church, and concludes with David Rabe's post-Vietnam absurdist comedy Sticks and Bones. At that price, it's worth taking a chance, whether or not you see the light.
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