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Theater Review: ‘Kentucky’

(L–R)  Hiro (Satomi Blair) wants to save her sister (Sasha Diamond) from a wedding she considers ill-advised.  (Jody Christopherson)
(L–R) Hiro (Satomi Blair) wants to save her sister (Sasha Diamond) from a wedding she considers ill-advised. (Jody Christopherson)

NEW YORK—Leah Nanako Winkler’s “Kentucky,” now showing at Ensemble Studio Theatre, starts out lightly. A trio of girl singers, Merissa Czyz, Samantha Sembler, and Shannon...


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