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Theater: ‘Dark of the Moon’

From left, Phair Haldin, Jessica Gleason, Katherine Almquist (standing) as Conjure Woman and John Squires perform in “Dark of the Moon” at the Sherman Playhouse. Photo by Tom Libonate

It’s not hard to see why Howard Richardson and William Berney’s “Dark of the Moon” would be a favorite of high school and college theater programs. 

The play, written in 1945, is brimming with meaty roles for budding actors: a Puck-ish witch-boy and his witchy henchwomen, a sinning girl, a Baptist preacher and all sorts of local color to evoke backwoods Appalachia, the play’s setting. 

In the new production by the Sherman Players, there’s even a character named “Local Color Banjo Man.”

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