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Angina Pectoris The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2016

Hard-line Israeli defense minister Dan Yasour gets a law passed requiring Jews to receive transplant organs only from Jewish donors. Now he needs a new heart, and the only available one came from an Arab chest. New York cardiologist Gal Schechnik, head of the lefty nonprofit Jewish Doctors for Peace and Other Things, gets himself appointed head surgeon, and finds he has eyes for Yasour’s right-wing daughter Masada. Masada’s even righter-wing fiance, Mitanya, converts the frozen heart to Judaism in the OR. Israeli playwright Michal Aharoni’s 90-minute political satire has more promise than payoff thanks to scattershot plotting, underdeveloped characters, and ever-shifting rules of engagement. Director David Y. Chack’s stilted production for Shpiel Performing Identity demonstrates few moments of successful comic timing. —Justin Hayford

Price: $28

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