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This show is the first 'unMasked' production of Tualatin theater company's seventh season.

AL STEWART PHOTOGRAPHY - Gary Anderson, Patti Speight, Amelia Michaels and Michael Hoeft star in 'The Receptionist.'Mask & Mirror Community Theatre will present "The Receptionist" as its first "unMasked" show of the theater company's seventh season, starting Friday, Jan. 19, at the Tualatin Heritage Center.

Written by Adam Bock, "The Receptionist" is a dark comedy that starts off with a mundane office scene, but soon develops into a study of complicity and government infringement on privacy.

"I first saw 'The Receptionist' in 2010 at Portland Center Stage and it obviously stuck with me," said director Tony Broom. "While there are political implications to this story, I'm far more interested in the questions that the play asks about relationships and how and why we make the decisions we make."

The show stars local actors Patti Speight, Amelia Michaels and Michael Hoeft.

Mask & Mirror launched its UnMasked series last season to present unique plays of merit not usually produced by all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre. The theater company selects plays that are bold and edgy for the series.

Productions are selected to take advantage of Mask & Mirror's partnership with The Tualatin Heritage Center, and the opportunity to utilize a low-cost, oddly configured, small theatre space by seeking out and staging simply produced plays appropriate for that venue.

The Cultural Coalition of Washington County and the Oregon Cultural Trust recently acknowledged Mask & Mirror's efforts to bring live theater to Tualatin by awarding the theatre a grant for 2018 that will partially fund the production of the two Mask & Mirror UnMasked plays. This support allows Mask & Mirror Community Theatre to provide the UnMasked series at a $10 per ticket admission.

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