Published July 30 - August 5, 1997


By John Longenbaugh

Repertory Actors Workshop

An Asian-American cast perform Lee Blessing's Independence, his story of a small-town mother and her three daughters who find themselves at war with each other. The four strong actresses that director David Hsieh has assembled are the primary virtue of this show, invigorating Blessing's melodramatic script with some intimate and moving performances. Although the show never quite manages to imbue its characters or story with real resonance, it does manage to capture the claustrophobic atmosphere of a family where love has turned to the worst kind of emotional blackmail. Theatre Off Jackson, 409 Seventh S, 364-3283. $6-$12. Fri-Sat at 8, Sun at 4. Ends 8/2.  

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