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Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences
Math concepts in 'A Parallelogram' a challenge to some audiences

A refresher course in high school geometry isn't a prerequisite for "A Parallelogram," the play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris running at the Mark Taper Forum. But it certainly wouldn't hurt. The four actors in Norris' strange, ambiguous domestic drama serve as the corners of a narrative quadrilateral that keeps shifting and changing shape, at times threatening to break apart and enter another dimension. The more relevant course work might be advanced geometry of the non-Euclidean variety. In one scene, a character describes the counterintuitive notion that two parallel lines can in fact intersect. "Imagine that each line also extends indefinitely...

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