And Then It Burst Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 11 2010

A man who can’t remember his name and carries his heart in his hand visits a friend who does unpaid janitorial work for fun, loves fizzy soda, and also can’t remember his name. The heart-in-hand man has a few dates with a woman who eats pizza. Then he goes to the zoo and inadvertently feeds his heart to a sea lion. This kind of overdetermined absurdism pervades Tympanic Theatre Company’s quadruple bill of short plays by Minnesota-based George McConnell. Reminiscent of Edward Albee’s early one-acts, the stiffly acted pieces purport to “examine the breakdown of communication in the most extraordinary of circumstances,” but the quirkiness itself doesn’t say much. —Justin Hayford

Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door

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