Shaw vs. Chesterton: The Debate Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 28 2012

Judging by the surviving contemporary account, an air of goofiness pervaded the 1928 debate between George Bernard Shaw and his friend and fellow writer G.K. Chesterton. The proceedings were interrupted by a crowd of ticket holders who'd been locked out of the hall and ended with the moderator reciting a poem about fossil fuels. Adapter/director Timothy Gregor replaces these charming quirks with Robert's Rules of Order. Larry McCauley and Brad Armacost are vivid and engaging as Shaw and Chesterton, respectively, but they've been handed blunt interpretations of subtle arguments to work with. A pandering final "lightning round" on contemporary subjects like gun control devolves into a celebrity soundboard for literary quotes. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$32

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