Three Hotels

Our American Theater is a local company devoted to the great plays of the American canon—works by Thornton Wilder, Lillian Hellman, Arthur Miller, and other heavyweights. But since full productions often have budget-busting cast sizes and set requirements, O.A.T. has previously presented staged readings. Hence the company’s first full production: Jon Robin Baitz’s 1991 play Three Hotels (which ends Saturday, June 28). It’s a single-set play with two actors giving alternating monologues. While the scale is modest, the play’s ambitions are not: Baitz draws from experiences of his own family (his father worked for Carnation) to tell the story of a corporate executive (Todd Licea) and his wife (Lisa Carswell) after the baby formula he’s so successfully sold to the Third World is implicated in waves of infant deaths. It would be nice to say that that play hasn’t aged well. But, alas, when it comes to global food supplies, putting corporate profits ahead of public health isn’t just for Africa anymore—would you like some extra tomatoes on your spinach salad? Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh Ave. S, 340-1049, www.ouramericantheater.org. Price by donation. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Jne 28. JOHN LONGENBAUGH

Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 12. Continues through June 28, 2008

 
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