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A Soldier's Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 30 2013

Michael Menendian has directed a forceful revival of Charles Fuller's 1982 Pulitzer Prize winner, about an African-American officer investigating the murder of a black sergeant at a base in the deep south during World War II. But the show's emphatic energy only makes it feel more like a period piece—not the period when it's set, but the period when it was written. Fuller vividly depicts the rampant racism of a segregated military, treating it as a toxic fact of life to be neutralized by equality before the law. Thirty years ago, when the civil rights movement was fresher in people's minds, that may've made sense. But today, when we've seen how well-intentioned laws still fail to prevent injustice, Fuller's message has a naive, bombastic edge that the fever-hot performances here actually accentuate. —Keith Griffith

Price: $15-$45

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