Evil Happens

Theater: ‘Death and the Maiden’
Deann Halper as Paulina in “Death and the Maiden”; Photo Peggy Reeves

It’s a play that’s never the same, Ariel Dorfman’s “Death and the Maiden.” Yes, the characters are the same: There’s Paulina, a citizen of some South American country, likely Chile, who was tortured 15 years earlier by police seeking information on dissidents; and Gerardo, now her husband, a human rights lawyer she protected back then by not revealing his name; and, finally, the mysterious and — in this production at the New Stage Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield — elfin, Dr. Roberto Miranda, an odd figure rescuing Gerardo, who is stranded on a coastal road with a flat tire.

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