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If theater stages were more expansive — say, the size of Yellowstone National Park — dramas like Pulitzer Prize-winner August Wilson's "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," produced by Living Word Stage Company, might be able to relate the 1911 journey of Herald Loomis, played by Broadway actor Carl Gordon (right), and his daughter as it happens, as the drifter seeks meaning and, importantly, his wife. But what with the cost of wood, stages are small, so the transformative power of Loomis' travels, from the post-slavery South to a North that offers new possibilities, is captured in a snapshot, at the Pittsburgh boardinghouse he finally reaches, and where he meets people like Jeremy Furlow, played by Jevonne Branch (left). Wilson's play makes the physical crossing unnecessary to see, because the real search starts there, where Loomis seeks his wife and, like other African-Americans of the time, a new identity. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through Feb. 25 at Pine Camp Arts & Community Center. Tickets are $18-$20. 355-2187. S

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