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The title alerts theatergoers to pay attention. Horton Foote was an important writer, a gifted storyteller who earned two Academy Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

When Foote's plays are staged, it's worth making the time to see them, such as the one-month run that opens Tuesday (Aug. 14) at off-Broadway's Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters. This black box consistently shows excellent plays to a mostly subscription audience. Sure, it's wonderful to be dazzled on Broadway. This is not a play -- or rather three short plays -- that dazzles.

Rather they are contained character studies of people living in the fictional town of Harrison, Texas, which Foote had said was based on his hometown of Wharton, Texas. That's the connection; the plays all take place in Harrison, two in 1928, before anyone knew what the next year would hold, and one in 1952. The only other constant, besides the locale, is that the »

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