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High school buddies meet up, revisit their younger selves in edgy show at HART.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Best friends Mitch, Peter and Max, portrayed by Doug Sellers, Steve Koeppen and Brandon B. Weaver, are dealing with complicated relationships in HARTs newest production, Reunion."Reunion," HART Theatre's latest production — and possibly its edgiest — is the company's way of bringing in more contemporary stories to the stage.

Part of its 25th season, the play takes on male friendships, a topic many theater scripts don't explore, said director Meghan Daaboul.

"I hope we draw a lot of guys to the show," she said. "So infrequently are plays male-focused, and I hope men will be intrigued by the story."

In "Reunion," written by Gregory S. Moss and named the Best New Play in 2014, the lives of three men attending their high school reunion are under the microscope, with their pasts coming back into focus. Time has changed them all, and the audience can see the challenges and triumphs unfold in front of their eyes in this contemporary tale.

The HART board of directors wanted to do the show because like the characters returning for a 25th year reunion, the theater company wants to celebrate its biggest anniversary

yet.

Doug Sellers, one of the founding members of HART, stars in "Reunion," his first acting role in over 10 years. He returns to the stage portraying Mitch, a grown man stuck in high school, Sellers said.

What he hopes to see the audience walk away with is a "what happened" feeling, he said.

"You see these three guys, where two of them have some great secrets with each other, that the third has never been a part of," Sellers said. "And after he finds out more about what is going on between the two, does he want to continue that friendship? I think the writer does a good job of scripting men and an amazing job bringing characters full circle by showing their strengths and weaknesses."

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 22. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for people over 60, and $12 for students and children. The box office is open an hour before showtime. To learn more, visit hart-theatre.org


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