Learn a thing or two about the past

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How about a show that en­ter­tains while of­fer­ing a his­tory les­son?

Set in a 1950s min­ing town, Kill­creek fol­lows a pair of or­phaned sib­lings whose dys­func­tional re­la­tion­ship be­comes more strained when the au­thor­i­ties re­open the mine in which their fa­ther died (from July 5 at Ran­dolph). There’s more small-town life dur­ing a sim­i­lar time pe­riod in Inge Snap­shots: Still Life At Mid-Cen­tury MidAmer­ica, a dou­ble bill by play­wright Wil­liam Inge about trou­bled re­unions (from July 3 at He­len Gar­diner Phe­lan).

A 1920s Berlin cabaret is the set­ting and source for much of the mu­sic in Love Is A Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses For A Pfen­nig, the se­quel to an ear­lier Fringe hit (from July 3 at Bite, 423 Col­lege).

Women are cen­tral in two 19th-cen­tury tales. Travel back to 1884 for A Young Lady’s Guide To Vivi­sec­tion, in which Queen’s Univer­sity ad­justs to its first fe­male med­i­cal stu­dents (from July 4 at He­len Gar­diner Phe­lan). The Hys­teri­con looks at three “hys­ter­i­cal” pa­tients/guinea pigs stud­ied by Pro­fes­sor Char­cot in his Parisian asy­lum for women (from July 5 at Passe Mu­raille Mainspace).

His­tory comes alive in shows like Kill­creek.

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