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THEATER | "The May Queen" 

Geva Theatre closes its 2015-16 season with playwright Molly Smith Metzler's "The May Queen," a new work that's brimming with both empathic human drama and clever, quirky humor. The play tells the story of Jen Nash — once the beloved "May Queen" of her high school — who mysteriously returns to her hometown to take a temp job in a claustrophobic office space. Jen's former classmates, now coworkers, remember her well, but the difference between their perceptions and reality form the crux of this captivating play.  Now a writer for the Netflix hit "Orange Is the New Black," Metzler brings her signature wit and insightful flair for poignant interpersonal relationships to this revised version of the work, directed by Amanda Charlton. "The May Queen" was commissioned and premiered by The Chautauqua Theater Company in 2014.

Preview performances of Geva Theatre's "The May Queen" continue Wednesday, May 4, through Friday, May 6. Opening Night is Saturday, May 7, and the production runs through Sunday, May 29, at Geva Theatre Center's Wilson Stage, 75 Woodbury Boulevard. $25-$59. 232-4382. For specific show times, go to gevatheatre.org.

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