Mad Horse examines sensitive issue

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PORTLAND – “Wouldn’t she be lovely if she were running about?”

Such is the refrain of Grace, grandmother to the title character of Joe Egg.

Would she? And isn’t she lovely now, just as she is?

Peter Nichols’ black 1967 comedy of a couple struggling to care for a severely disabled child raises profound questions about what constitutes quality of life – and does so with sly humor, grace and unflinching honesty.

“Joe Egg” – ranked by National Theatre as one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th century – will be performed by Mad Horse Theatre Company Feb. 3-25. The cast includes Mad Horse company members Lisa Muller-Jones and Dave Currier, joined by guest artists Burke Brimmer, Shannon Campbell and Maureen Butler.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and at 7 p.m. Sunday, with the exception of a 5 p.m. show Sunday, Feb. 25. Tickets are $16/$14; pay what you want Feb. 1, 2, 3 and 4; and buy one, get one free, Feb. 11.

Mad Horse Theatre Company performs at 25A Forest Ave. For tickets, call the company’s box office at 730-2389; or go online to www.madhorse.com.

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