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TO MARCH 4
German-Jewish Eva slowly becomes British-Anglican Evelyn in Diane Samuels’ memory play about a child survivor of the Holocaust. The author splits the stage (and a couple of characters) as she uses flashbacks to tell the tale of an 8-year-old whose parents figured she’d be better off with strangers in England than with Nazis at home. What Eva’s folks didn’t know was that she’d end up erasing her past so completely that her own daughter, searching through a box of mementos some 40 years later, would be astonished to learn she was Jewish. The play is staged simply by Jane Latman, and acted unevenly by its cast of six. What the show needs (besides editing) is a less self-absorbed central character—the adult Evelyn is such a cold fish that once you’ve met her, it gets harder and harder to care about her lively, winsome, younger self (pictured). What this has going for it is the situation’s harrowing truth and a trio of deeply troubled mother-daughter relationships. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m.; matinee Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $15-18. (703) 519-9123. (Bob Mondello)