A Bond Formed Behind Bars

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

'Whorl Inside a Loop' by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan at the Second Stage Theatre. 'Whorl Inside a Loop' by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan at the Second Stage Theatre. (Joan Marcus)

A new Off Broadway play by Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan tells the semi-autobiographical account of their experiences working with prison inmates.

The play's unusual title — "Whorl Inside a Loop" — refers to a particular fingerprint pattern. Scott also stars in the play as a well-regarded actress who agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men's maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond.

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood offers his review.

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