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What to do in Oklahoma on March 30, 2019: See Carpenter Square Theatre's production of 'Death Tax'

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Tina (Aiesha Watley) cajoles her supervisor (Cam Taylor as Todd) into covering for her in a scene is from Carpenter Square Theatre's production of “Death Tax." Photo provided
Tina (Aiesha Watley) cajoles her supervisor (Cam Taylor as Todd) into covering for her in a scene is from Carpenter Square Theatre's production of “Death Tax." Photo provided

Today's featured event:

Just in time for tax season, see Carpenter Square Theatre's production of “Death Tax” at 8 tonight at the theater, 800 W Main in downtown Oklahoma City.

Lucas Hnath’s darkly comic tale about death and taxes and how we live with both starts in December. Maxine is a well-to-do elderly woman in poor health who may or may not have dementia. Confined to her bed in a nursing home, Maxine believes her daughter is paying her caregiver Tina to gently nudge her into the grave before the New Year begins. She thinks she's doing this so her daughter doesn't have to pay the hefty new estate taxes that will take effect on Jan. 1. Nurse Tina denies it, but when Maxine offers her a portion of her sizable estate on the condition that she lives until Jan. 1, Tina has a big decision to make. A plan is hatched, but of course, the plan doesn't go according to plan.

“Death Tax” stars Aiesha Watley as Nurse Tina, a Haitian immigrant who is working hard to bring her young son back to America. Linda McDonald is Maxine, a wealthy older woman in Tina’s care. Cam Taylor portrays Tina’s supervisor, and Katy Hayes is Maxine’s daughter. Director Mark Fairchild guides the production with assistance from Johnlee Lookingglass as stage manager. Ben Hall is in charge of the set design and execution, Rhonda Clark is the costume designer, and Jay C. Schardt is the lighting designer.

In conjunction with the play, the theater’s lobby gallery will host a group show with the work of photography students from Rose State College. The exhibit may be viewed starting one hour before each performance or by appointment Tuesday-Friday afternoons.

Performances continue through April 20. For tickets and information, go to www.carpentersquare.com.

For more events, go to newsok.com/calendar.

-BAM 

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Tina (Aiesha Watley) cajoles her supervisor (Cam Taylor as Todd) into covering for her in a scene is from Carpenter Square Theatre's production of “Death Tax." [Photo provided]

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1... Read more ›

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