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Anything and Always . . . The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017

To say that Nic Wehrwein’s Anything and Always . . . is a trite sob story fit for the slush pile at Lifetime would be to pile on one more cliche to an interminable 140 minutes full of them. A young victim of breast cancer, Courtney (Michelle Alejandra Limon) frolics in the afterlife as she did in life, crashing onto the stage with such vigor that the vibrations can be felt in the last rows. Her insipid counterpart is Art, interpreted by Wesley James as a monotone writer who grits his teeth and smiles whether he’s happy, sad, or mad. Limon’s charisma can't save a play with dialogue that ranges from the self-evident (“I’m dead!”) to the bathetic (“Promise me you’ll write about this!”). The best moments come when its characters don’t speak, a credit to Limon’s embodiment of Mary Iris Loncto’s choreography. —Irene Hsiao

Price: $20

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