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A novel take on 'Flies' from Annex Theater

A novel take on 'Flies' from Annex Theater

In William Golding's classic novel "Lord of the Flies," schoolboys survive a plane crash on a desolate island only to face a hideous fate of their own making, driven by base instincts of greed, power-lust and fear. That is, they behave just like adults.

Members of Annex Theater, one of Baltimore's clever and fearless troupes, reiterate that dispiriting message about human nature in their own very loose adaptation of the Golding book. It has been staged in communal fashion, sans director, more or less persuasively.

As you might expect, "The Lord of Flies" — the Annexers repositioned the "the" in the title — does not end happily. And I...