An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 31 2012

Though known for his kids' book The Giving Tree, Chicago-born Shel Silverstein also wrote for the likes of Playboy magazine. This collection of comic sketches was compiled following his death in 1999. Much of the material is rambling and/or sexist; the best bits depend mainly on Silverstein's sly, Beat-influenced irony. Colorado-based Devil's Thumb Productions tends to overplay the wit while hammering home the raunchy stuff with adolescent zeal. The most successful scene—about a blind street musician and his well-spoken talking dog—benefits from the fine-tuned interplay of the two best cast members, Joe Von Bokern and Nick Stockwell. The show's other high point, a weird folk song about alien abduction, isn't by Silverstein. Penned and performed by Von Bokern and Pat Cooney, it suggests that the company might be better off creating original material instead of relying on someone else's dated hipster humor. —Albert Williams

Price: $12

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