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Light in the Darkness 

Wednesday, Dec 22 2010
As the pages of the calendar turn and the darkness gradually gives way to light, this is a natural time to reflect on the year behind us and the year ahead. We wave goodbye to what we're glad to be rid of, we mourn the loss of things we'll miss, we make resolutions, and we begin our own journey toward new endeavors. So Three Viewings, the second production by Theatre Anew, is well-situated, as its characters reflect on death and its relation to life. The play consists of monologues by three characters, each facing a set of difficulties associated with separate viewings at a funeral home. The first is from the undertaker himself, the second from a young woman whose grandmother is being viewed, and the third by a woman bidding farewell to her husband, a powerful businessman. Artistic director Diane Bailey says each character eventually reveals a secret, and the third monologue contains a revelatory moment that ties all three together. Three Viewings continues the company's effort to choose venues that fit the plays being produced. (This one is staged in a chapel next to a cemetery.) The company's first production was Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, which takes place in a hotel and was staged in the courtyard of the Queen Anne Hotel. Although death is at the center of Three Viewings, Bailey says it contains a lot of humor and is ultimately life affirming — a good way to start the climb toward spring.
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