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Rep Stage's 'Or' looks at barrier-breaking Sixties — 1660s, that is

Rep Stage's 'Or' looks at barrier-breaking Sixties — 1660s, that is

When the reign of Oliver Cromwell and his fellow killjoys ended, one of the first things the new English king did was order the theaters to reopen.

Charles II didn't stop there. He allowed those theaters to do something previously unthinkable — engage women to act onstage.

If that didn't signal the fall of Puritanism, nothing would.

Those wild and crazy1660s also saw the rise of England's first successful female playwright, Aphra Behn. And that chapter from the Restoration inspired "Or," a comic work by Liz Duffy Adams that receives its regional premiere this week from

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