6 Pleasant Avenue Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 6 2012

New York-based playwright Matt Wilson culled scenarios of tragic love from the writings of Marguerite Duras, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Then he created surrogates for those authors, threw them into a slummy one-room apartment (and possibly a love triangle), and had them play out the scenarios. They moon, snipe, muse, drink, criticize, pine, and get nowhere with one another for 70 minutes. Love, it seems, is all about ennui, insecurity, and emotional instability—except when the Hemingway figure is heading for the bush to hunt elephants in his green galoshes. Wilson's dialogue is circular and tantalizingly elusive, and Brian Ruby's cast deliver the script's pedestrian lyricism with aplomb. But since the piece lacks a sense of progression or development, it isn't particularly stageworthy. Part of Rhinofest. —Justin Hayford

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