Agnes of God Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2011

After a dead baby turns up in a convent, a court-appointed shrink (Barbara Roeder Harris) tries to determine whether the mother, Agnes--a childlike, definitely weird young novice--did the killing . . . and whether she's nuts. Agnes claims to remember nothing about the baby's conception, birth, or death. Mother Superior (Lorraine Freund) hopes she's a holy mystic--and maybe a virgin--and spends much of John Pielmeier's 1982 play in ponderous debate with the shrink, a bitter ex-Catholic. Harris and Freund get bogged down in speechifying at times, but Sara Pavlak's Agnes burns with love, terror, and finally rage, lighting up this Hubris Productions show. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $20-$25

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