British playwright Sarah Kane's brutal story "Blasted" sees on-again-off-again couple Ian and Cate on holiday in a hotel in Leeds, but their interactions hint at various levels of abuse as Cate creates new opportunities for herself and Ian wallows in cigarettes and booze, misogyny, racism, and homophobia. Outside, the town is overrun with soldiers engaged in a brutal war, one of which enters the hotel and tells of the atrocities he's taken part in, bringing the violence with him.
Bread and Water Theatre will stage this bleak vision of interpersonal and wartime viciousness and desperation through Sunday, March 11, at 172 West Main Street. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. $8-$14; no patron turned away for inability to pay. 538-9684; breadandwatertheatre.org.