Set in 2006, Steven Dietz’s barroom drama has become popular among regional theaters since its 2009 debut, receiving its local premiere at Tennessee Repertory Theatre. The shadow of 9/11 hangs broadly around the conversations in a dying New York City pub, whose owner, a grad student in international relations, inherited the joint from his deceased father. As closing time nears, a verbose conspiracy theorist hits his stride on sinister topics, while a quiet stranger hovers in the background, buying beers for a phantom friend. Dietz’s script reviews the emotional impact and ripple-effect dynamics of cataclysmic, life-changing events, while also posing questions about mourning, moving on and the value of questioning the "official" version of certain moments in history. Yet the play also folds humor in with suspense. René D. Copeland directs the cast of four, featuring familiar, well-regarded vets Henry Haggard and Patrick Waller, talented local Cori Laemmel (in her Rep debut), and, from Atlanta’s theater scene, Maurice Ralston.