The Lover Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through July 15 2012

This 1962 Harold Pinter one-act feels closer to Neil Simon in setting and tone than to its author's oft-cited influence, Samuel Beckett. A middle-class couple chat amiably about a planned visit from the wife's lover—who, we soon learn, is actually the husband in role-playing mode. As the rules for their sex-play morph, the two question their midlife identities. Paul Wagar's staging for Soul Theatre features a Mad Men-esque period set by Grant Sabin and some nice bantering chemistry from Ravi Batista and Mick Weber as the couple. But inasmuch as Wagar favors surface style over deeper ironies, the script's steamier tensions remain at a frustrating remove. —Kerry Reid

Price: $20

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