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'4000 Miles' leads audience on a complex journey through life
'4000 Miles' leads audience on a complex journey through life

SAN FRANCISCO — Amy Herzog, a breath of fresh air on the playwriting scene, shapes her plays out of the missing pieces of conversations, the resonant silences that suggest that emotion is both too heavy and too slippery for words. In "4000 Miles," which is receiving a superb production at American Conservatory Theater under the direction of Mark Rucker, Herzog sets up different barriers to communication for her two main characters. Both are defined to a large extent by what they don't say — by their verbal retreats and half-conscious evasions, and by their ability to withstand the empty sound of their own bewilderment. PHOTOS: Arts and culture by The...

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