Mur­der he wrote: The Ab­so­lute Bright­ness of Leonard Pelkey

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The Ab­so­lute Bright­ness of Leonard Pelkey, writ­ten and per­formed by James Le­cesne, premiered at Dixon Place in New York City in win­ter 2015; it comes to the Adobe Rose Theatre (1213-B Park­way Drive, 505-780-5865) for four per­for­mances. The crit­i­cally ac­claimed one-man show, di­rected by Tony Spe­ciale, with orig­i­nal mu­sic by Dun­can Sheik, tells a sur­pris­ingly up­lift­ing story about the mur­der of a four­teen-year-old boy in New Jersey. Le­cesne plays an as­sort­ment of char­ac­ters in­volved with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing a po­lice de­tec­tive, a teenage girl, and the pro­pri­etor of a per­form­ing arts school. Al­though the pro­duc­tion is in­fused with hu­mor, it is also a taut, dark, psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller. Ab­so­lute

Bright­ness opens on Thurs­day, March 3 at 7 p.m. The Fri­day, March 4, per­for­mance at 7:30 p.m. in­cludes a re­cep­tion and talk­back with the play­wright. The play con­tines at 7 p.m. Satur­day March 5, and at 2 and 7 p.m. on Sun­day, March 6. Tick­ets are $25 and $75 for the Fri­day per­for­mance, avail­able from Tick­ets Santa Fe at the Len­sic (505-988-1234, www.tick­ — J.L.

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