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Lizzie 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 21 2017
Price: $15-$25
Most of what we think we know about purported axe-murderess Lizzie Borden is inaccurate. She didn't kill her mother and father; it was actually her father and her stepmother, a woman she distrusted and addressed rather frostily as "Mrs. Borden." Borden was infamous in her day for her calm, cool manner following the murders and for beating the rap. The strangeness of the unsolved killings and Borden's insistence on remaining in her hometown for the rest of her life fueled the rumor mill. She did it for her father's fortune; it was revenge for her father's sexual abuse of her; she had been caught in romantic tryst with the house maid; she planned the murders with her mother's brother. Steven Cheslik-deMeyer, Alan Stevens Hewitt and Tim Maner recast the story for the modern age in their rock musical Lizzie. It's a raucous, loud show that fuses the guitars and attitude of the Riot Grrrls with the gothic sensibility of the historical era, and relies on a cast of four women and a six-piece band. New Line Theatre opens its new season with Lizzie. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (September 28 to October 21) at the Marcelle Theater (3310 Samuel Shepard Drive; www.newlinetheatre.com). Tickets are $15 to $25.
— Paul Friswold

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