Amid the cruelty of war, Mother Courage hangs on tightly to what she knows best: capitalism. Soldiers may die, children may be lost, but profiteering will surely live on. Dorothy Cosby Atkinsons direction of David Hares adaptation of Bertolt Brechts play maintains both the traditional Brechtian sense of estrangement and a sense of contemporary intimacy. On one hand, the actors never quite leave our sight, grabbing costume pieces and putting on makeup in nearly full view. On the other, the performers at any given moment are about five feet from our faces. Its hard to imagine an interpretation of Mother Courage in which Brechts views on the business of war are unclear; all the same, Atkinson deserves credit for her poignant production. Led by the very talented Betty Campbell, the cast generally holds its own, though it falters a bit during the songs. (A notable exception is Annie Katica Green, who has a strong voice and makes a wonderfully dejected prostitute.) BRENT ARONOWITZ 3 p.m. Sun., July 20. Ends July 20.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 6, 8 p.m.; Sun., July 13, 3 p.m.; Sun., July 20, 3 p.m. Starts: July 5. Continues through July 20, 2008