Though a supporting character, Hillary might be the center of the story. She wears rags as penance for imagined sins; later she plucks her eyes out for the same reason and totters through the rest of the play in thick sunglasses. She must have done something awful, she knows; otherwise, what sense would it make for her to be left here, on Earth, where love is no guarantee and even your fellow lovesick are as likely to bite your hand as hold it?

Chaz Mena and Avi Hoffman in The Quarrell.
George Schiavone
Chaz Mena and Avi Hoffman in The Quarrell.

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The Quarrel: By David Brandes and Joseph Telushkin. Based on a story by Chaim Grade. Directed by Joseph Adler. Through May 23. GableStage, 3000 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; gablestage.com. Raised in Captivity: By Nicky Silver. Directed by Ricky J. Martinez. Through May 16. The New Theatre, 4120 Laguna St., Coral Gables; new-theatre.com.

Her story is that of her fellow characters, writ large. And though her situation is not happy, we might be consoled by the knowledge that in a world full of the walking wounded, her pains are anything but circumscribed.

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