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Tribes Staff Pick

When: Sundays, 3 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Dec. 16 2018
Price: $30-$35
In Nina Raine's play Tribes, Billy is the odd man out in his own family because he was born deaf. His family are all great talkers, with his father, Christopher, a writer of "argumentative books," the loudest of all. They shout, bicker, insult and jostle for place at the table and in general, while Billy hears none of it. Instead, he reads lips from his position on the sidelines and butts in when he can. Billy's feeling of being on the outside starts to change when he meets Sylvia. Born hearing to to deaf parents, she learned sign language as a necessity; now she's losing her hearing and is terrified of the encroaching silence Billy has lived with all his life. The more time Billy spends with Sylvia, the more he realizes it's high time his family adapt to his world rather than the other way around. St. Louis Actors' Studio presents Tribes at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (November 30 to December 16) at the Gaslight Theatre (358 North Boyle Avenue; www.stlas.org). Tickets are $30 to $35.
— Paul Friswold

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