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Seek the truth with ‘Private Eyes’

Alicia Nordstrom, Joe DeMuro, Jonathan Maier, Eric Lutz and Kimmie Wrazien rehearse ‘Private Eyes.’

Joe DeMuro is Matthew and Jonathan Maier is the therapist in ‘Private Eyes.’

Matthew and Lisa are a husband and wife who are putting on a play. Or are they?

A tea-craving Brit named Adrian is directing their show, and he is having an affair with Lisa. We think.

Matthew, driven to the brink, confides in his therapist, the thoughtful, bespectacled Frank, and oh, please tell us Frank, at least is real.

In this wild-ride collision of fantasy and reality, you can count on Frank, confirmed Joe DeMuro, who is directing Steven Dietz’s “Private Eyes” for Bracken Theatre at the Phoenix Performing Arts Centre in Duryea.

“If Frank is there, it happens,” DeMuro said, offering one clue into what he admits is a “really weird, dark and twisted play.”

“It’s a play within a play within a play,” said Alicia Nordstrom, who plays Lisa to DeMuro’s Matthew. “It’s like Russian nesting dolls.”

Dietz wanted to keep audiences guessing about what actually happens on stage.

But the cast, which includes Jonathan Maier, Kimmie Wrazien and Eric Lutz, had to decide among themselves which of the many scenarios is true.

“We were adamant about that,” DeMuro said. “We must know the true story.”

If you go

Who: Bracken Theatre

What: ‘Private Eyes’ by Steven Dietz

When: 8 tonight and tomorrow night; 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Phoenix Performing Arts Centre, 409 Main St., Duryea

Tickets: $12

More info: 457-3589

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