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The Boston Globe

Theater & art

Behind the counter, battling for humanity in ‘American Hero’

While Quiznos promotes pulled pork and Subway celebrates avocado season, Bess Wohl loads her “American Hero” with existential anguish.

The comedy, having its world premiere at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through July 7, addresses corporate greed, the plight of the service worker, and the difficulty of attaining even the most basic form of the American Dream. And it does all that through the slightly surreal prism of a new toasted-subs franchise at a suburban strip mall in Anywhere, USA.

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