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Naomi Wallace’s absorbing play opens in Kentucky in 1977 and follows the disturbing rites of passage of four teenagers. A second, connected narrative takes place in 1991. The characters are played by different actors in each period. Jude (Shannon Tarbet) and Acton Digg (Stanley Morgan) are poor and working class. Their father has recently died in an accident on a building site caused by a faulty harness. Jude has to work two jobs to help her mother pay the bills. She is super protective of her academically gifted, physically fragile brother, 13-year-old Acton. He’s bullied at school but has recently befriended two older boys Hoke (Alfie Jones) and Frayne (Charlie Beck) who watch his back. Naturally they both have a crush on Jude, who knows she’s “the best-looking girl in high school”. The action takes place in the Diggs’ empty basement, perfectly captured by Naomi Dawson’s tilted platform and Rick Fisher’s shafts of light. Hoke and Frayne want to use the space for their club meetings a