Chris (Carter Scott Horton, left) and Jake (Daniel Skinner) contemplate their futures in the Penobscot Theatre Company prodiction of "Clarkston." Credit: Courtesy of Bill Kuykendall

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When I first noted the stark stage, two actors in dialog that included long pauses, and looked ahead to 90 minutes without bathroom breaks, I thought, “Uh-oh, this does not bode well.” To my relief and great satisfaction I was spellbound by “Clarkston.”

A true, broadening theater experience at Penobscot Theatre Company’s first play of the season with a new artistic director, Jonathan Berry, at the helm. People don’t want to miss it. If this is a sample of the 2022-2023 PTC offerings, count me in!

Suzanne Kelly