Annapurna Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 20 2014

Twenty years after leaving her husband—an alcoholic cowboy poet named Ulysses—in the middle of the night, Emma shows up unannounced at his filthy mobile home in the Colorado wilderness. She's found out that he's dying of lung cancer, and before he goes, she wants to settle some unfinished business, mostly involving their adult son. Sharr White's fine script treats both characters with spiky compassion and a rueful awareness of love's limitations. Unfortunately, a lot of the words get lost in Eric Burgher’s staging, thanks to Profiles Theatre artistic director Darrell W. Cox, who gives Ulysses so many verbal idiosyncrasies—a wheeze, a rasp, a southern accent—that he's nearly impossible to understand. Lia D. Mortensen, on the other hand, is outstanding as the hurt and haunted Emma. —Zac Thompson

Price: $35-$40

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