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Sisterly Love

Play's protagonist likes to garden, also likes his sister.

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You pretty much know the fate of Frank before even walking into Dobama's production of The Death of Frank, opening tonight. It's right there in the title. But other revelations, including an incestuous obsession, should keep audiences riveted. Stephen Belber's hot-topic play revolves around Peter, a gardener with a hero complex, who harbors a perverse attachment to his sister, Natalie, a yoga instructor. When she falls for a shady older man named Frank, Peter decides to get rid of the competition. "It's about the choices we make," says director Adrienne Moon. "It's about deep-seated desires."

Barber — who also wrote The Laramie Project and Tape, which Dobama staged last season — is no stranger to controversy. And even if boinking your sister isn't your thing, you may find something to relate to in The Death of Frank. "It's a great example of the shifting of definitions in society," says Tom White, who plays Peter. "What is love? What do people do with these feelings, and how do they put them out there?" The Death of Frank runs through March 12 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2592 West 14th Street. Showtimes are 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 and $8; call 216-932-3396.
Feb. 24-25, 9 p.m.; Sun., Feb. 26, 2:30 p.m.

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