A Lover's Dismantling: Fragments of a Scenic Discourse Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 12 2012

Before her 2009 one-act is over, Mexican playwright Elena Guiochins has revealed an entirely conventional intention: to tell the tale of a married man who falls for his brother's girlfriend. But most of the piece comes across as an exercise in stylish obscurantism. Metatheatrical gestures are made, inscrutable speeches are delivered, chronologies are rearranged, scenes are played out in alternate versions, and characters are dismantled, so to speak, so that sometimes you have to wonder why they've forgotten who they are. All this might make a surreal kind of sense if Alex Gualino's staging were more sophisticated—an assertive lighting design, in particular, might go a long way toward providing necessary guidance. That's not in the cards here. This entry in Halcyon Theatre's Alcyone Festival is attempted with four black cubes, a scrim, and a cast that seems game but underrehearsed. —Tony Adler

Price: $12-$20, festival pass $75

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