Allotment Annie Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 3 2013

Mark Mason's new World War II drama tackles so many huge subjects—war profiteering, military disinformation campaigns, false heroism, women's roles during wartime, even serial murder—that none of them gets adequately developed. And for most of the play's two-plus hours, Mason also ignores plausibility. The show opens with an Air Force pilot strolling into a Poughkeepsie military canteen, meeting bartender Fran, and quickly and openly plotting to defraud the military with her. Meanwhile the government entrusts the secret of a massive U.S. war atrocity to a teenage telegram messenger. Mason's characters confess all sorts of untoward truths without discernible motivation. Bridgette Harney's production for InFusion Theatre Company is admirably grounded—but all those loose lips sink the play. —Justin Hayford

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