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Uma Nithipalan, Lee Kissman, Maria O’Brien, and Tom Fitzpatrick (photo: Mike Jansen)

Laist really hates to write these words, but this Sunday night is the final performance of the last show by the Evidence Room company in their Beverly Boulevard home.

Bart DeLorenzo draws the curtain with a simultaneously riotous and poignant staging of THE CHERRY ORCHARD. His ensemble, sharpened into pain by their years of collaboration and their imminent departure from their home, doesn't know whether to laugh or to cry.

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This production is noteworthy not just for being the final act of a Los Angeles institution, but also for the layers of double meaning suffusing every line. Every goodbye to the orchard resonates like a goodbye to the theatre. Madame Ranevskaya's failure to take sensible advice and sell the land reads like a failure to negotiate with the building owners. And the sense of exactly what has been lost is breathing on stage.