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Theater & art

Stage REview

A celebration of kinship in ‘Southern Comfort’

PITTSFIELD – A distinctive new musical manages to fight its way through layers of heavy-handed sentimentality in “Southern Comfort,’’ now receiving its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company under the direction of Thomas Caruso.

Based on a 2001 documentary and built on a wistful, evocative folk and bluegrass score by Dan Collins (lyrics) and Julianne Wick Davis (music), “Southern Comfort’’ revolves around a small group of transgender friends in Georgia. They form not just a tightknit community but a “chosen family,’’ providing support and solace to one another in the face of rejection or estrangement from the outside world, including the families they were born into.

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