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In Everyman's 'Tribes,' a theme that resonates with its star
In Everyman's 'Tribes,' a theme that resonates with its star

Many a play deals with language and communication. There is always theatrical ore to be mined in the way people express themselves — or fail to — and how that can complicate so many things in life. British playwright Nina Raine gives the subject an unusual spin in "Tribes," a 2010 work about a young deaf man named Billy, born into a hearing family full of people who communicate all too crassly or ineptly with one another. This funny and touching play, which Everyman Theatre is staging for its season-closing production, features an actor deeply familiar with its central issues. He's John McGinty, deaf for all of his 28 years. Within the past eight months, he...

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