4 x 2 Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 25 2011

There's a lot of pro forma scene-setting in this "exploration of coupledom" produced by Lisa Dover at Gorilla Tango Theater. Each of the four short plays on the bill deals with a different aspect of a successful relationship--honesty, respect, loyalty, maturity. But they mostly do so in a superficial, perfunctory way. Of the bunch, True Blue by K. Alexa Mavromatis comes closest to addressing a complex issue without resorting to familiar tropes. It's the tale of a middle-aged loser, Dave, who dyes his hair in a last ditch effort to preserve his youth but only succeeds in evoking pity from his friend. Dave's immaturity is both endearing and frustrating, making him the most human character of the evening. --Dan Jakes

Price: $12

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