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Theater & art

Stage Review

Living the suburban dream in ‘Splendor’

Company One offers another ambitious take on race, class and gender with the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s “Splendor,” through Nov. 16 at the Boston Center for the Arts. Instead of the blustering pro wrestlers or video-game ninja girls of recent Company One shows, though, the play focuses on the residents of a changing suburb north of Boston that could be Malden or Medford or a dozen others.

Greenidge samples the lives of 10 characters on Thanksgiving week at various times between 1965-2012. Her fictional Bellington is a familiar place, where random townspeople end up chatting awkwardly in line at Dunkies and the Foodmaster closes to become a Whole Foods. She also gets at subtler, underlying changes, like the way skin color may matter less now than what’s in your wallet.

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