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American Myth The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014

Douglas Graham, a beloved scholar of colonial America who teaches at a small liberal arts college, wins a major literary prize for his new book. Peter, his former pet student, writes a puff-piece profile for a Sunday magazine and catches Graham in a few lies about his high school track team and his service in (and subsequent protest of) the Vietnam war. His fabrications have no relevance to his professional qualifications or scholarship, but the scandal sparks national outrage, turns Peter into a media darling, and destroys Graham's career. Christina Gorman's barely plausible play overworks exhausted tropes about the intersection of facts, history, and truth. In his program note, director Steve Scott calls this schematic play "magnificent," so I'll call his uninventive staging "visionary." —Justin Hayford

Price: $19-$49

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