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Opinion | Jon Garelick

Crowded stage

With its rapid downtown housing development, Boston is grooming a new theater audience. Do local repertory companies have the space and resources to serve it?

In the chapel of a Back Bay church, three actors have taken the stage. It’s a small “thrust” stage with seats on three sides. The only props are an antique steamer trunk, a couple of box-like cubes, and, downstage, three coat racks loaded with costumes. Over the course of 90 minutes, the three actors (two men and a woman) will play a combined 40 roles.

The set and cast number are all specified by playwright Israel Horovitz in his script, “Lebensraum” — a phantasmagoric play about the Holocaust, Holocaust deniers, and good-old-fashioned anti-Semitism — first produced in 1997 at his Gloucester Stage Company. But this production — by the Hub Theatre Company of Boston — is brand new, the company’s very first in an ambitious season that will include staged readings of selections from Shakespeare at Trident Booksellers & Café on Newbury Street, William Gibson’s “Goodly Creatures,” and the Boston premiere of Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” directed by Boston stage veteran Paula Plum.

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