"Yankee Tavern" 

4 stars Phoenix Theatre Directed by Bryan Fonseca Steven Dietz's play about the alluring danger of conspiracy theories is, according to Phoenix Artistic Director Bryan Fonseca, the first play in a long time that he has chosen for style over content. It's a mindbender, and I guess he couldn't resist. Still, the subject matter is as fresh as last week's newspaper - as demonstrated by the New York Times article hanging in the lobby. And that's what the Phoenix prides itself on. If you're not up on your nutty 9/11 web sites, you're in for an education, and loudmouthed conspiracy hound Ray will be your professor. Only thing is, Ray doesn't know the half of what's going on right around him. Adam, the owner of the eponymous tavern, meanwhile argues that conspiracy theories are more destructive than the supposed deeds they purport to uncover. It's a fun ride, and it will burrow into your brain - like a good conspiracy theory. Through May 8.


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