25 Saints Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 31 2013

Joshua Rollins got some encouragement from critics back in 2011, when Pine Box Theater produced his police procedural, A Girl With Sun in Her Eyes. Now Pine Box is staging another Rollins script, and I'd say we're still in encouragement mode: the local actor and playwright continues to show potential, but 25 Saints isn't his breakthrough play. Rollins's tale of love and crystal meth cooking in the mountains of West Virginia comes across as a neatly plotted contrivance in which the primary goal isn't creating vivid characters so much as handing out juicy speeches to each of the actors playing them. Danny Goldring and Molly Reynolds seem to enjoy themselves as a couple of really, really bad people. But practically everything else here unfolds by the numbers. —Tony Adler

Price: $25

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