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Cherry Smoke runs at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

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Theater lovers with a tight budget have reason to rejoice—the Gurnet Theatre Project is hosting not one, but two pay-what-you-can nights in the next week for its production of James McManus’ Cherry Smoke at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

Set among the abandoned steel mills on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, Cherry Smoke is the story of Fish (Chris Graham), a club fighter and ticking time bomb, and his girlfriend, Cherry (Jackie McCoy), a runaway fortune-teller who has been on her own since age 10. Along with Fish’s brother Duffy (Joe Ruscio) and Duffy’s wife, Bug (Chelsea Schmidt), Fish and Cherry struggle to balance their all-consuming passion for each other with the reality of their place in life. Moving back and forth in time and spanning decades, the lives of these four young souls are put to the test. Cherry Smoke, written by James McManus, is a winner of the Princess Grace Award for playwriting. The play is directed by Brett Marks.

Cherry Smoke runs at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., through July 24. Tickets are $15, $13 for students with ID, and can be purchased online or by phone through Ovatix, at 866-811-4111. Pay-what-you-can (minimum of $5) performances are at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, and 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, cash only and walk-up only.

Kimberly Cornuelle can be reached at kcornuel@bu.edu; follow her on Twitter at @kcornuel.

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