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07/12/2013

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A&E BRIEFS Don Walker is Gardner Church and Jenny Aldrich is Fanny Church in Painting Churches. Photo by Gary Sweetman BANYAN THEATER COMPANY'S 12TH SEASON UNDER WAY The Banyan Theater Company is presenting its 12th season of summer entertainment through Aug. 25, with Painting Churches by Tina Howe — the first show — continuing through July 14. Heroes by Gerald Sibleyras with a translation by Tom Stoppard will run from July 18 to Aug. 4. Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies will take the stage from Aug. 8 -25, a news release notes. Painting Churches focuses on Gardner and Fanny Church, who are preparing to relocate from their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, has retired, the release adds. He slips in and out of senility as his wife, Fanny, "valiant- ly tries to keep them both afloat," the release continues. "They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move," it adds. "Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and aspires, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and for them to do the same with her." In Heroes, three World War I veterans — Henri, Gustave and Phillippe — pass their monotony-filled days in a military hospital by engaging in verbal battles of long-forgotten military campaigns, grumblings about the staff and reflections of their lives, the release says. "Their cantankerous camaraderie becomes strained

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