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Imagine Cheers sans the bar ... pretty bleak, right? Favorite watering holes can play important roles in our lives—they're places to celebrate birthdays, create regrets and have unforgettable times with friends (when you can remember them).

Poison, the latest play in Alley Repertory Theater's summer reading series Plays from the Alley, examines a bar and a "misfit group of regulars." When the bar's future is put in jeopardy—the owner, Hank, wants to retire and the bank wants to lay claim to it, no one knows what will happen. When a dreamer and an "ambitious young upstart" come on the scene, things are even less certain.

The play comes from the mind of Jason Haskins, who co-wrote the monologue play Voices from the Boise Hole, which was staged in 2011 at Visual Arts Collective. Audiences can get a preview of Haskins' new play at the reading series, which starts at 8 p.m., and is also held at VAC. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $7 at the door or at brownpapertickets.com.

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