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New productions bring forgotten plays into the present and make them relevant to fresh audiences. Just look at Milan Stitt’s hit 1976 drama The Runner Stumbles, finally revived to great acclaim off-Broadway last season, and now by West Philly’s Curio Theatre Company. Based on a century-old Michigan case, the action sounds contemporary: a priest played by Steve Carpenter is accused of murdering a nun (Isa St. Clair, terrific in last season’s The Tempest), who was also his lover. “It’s a play about a crisis of faith,” director Gay Carducci explains, “with a hint of mystery.” Curio’s home in the former Calvary Church chapel seems perfect for a story set in a rigid religious environment.
Through Nov. 10, $10-$20, Calvary Center, 4740 Baltimore Ave., 215-525-1350, curiotheatre.org.