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Assisted Living Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

Mom is a living poltergeist—unseen but dangerous, wreaking havoc on her Boston Irish family as she slowly, slowly succumbs to dementia in the bedroom upstairs. Anne is the good-girl daughter who stayed home to contain the damage and stands now, achingly alone, on the precipice of middle age. Little brother Jimmy is the family fuckup, getting way too old for his waterbed lifestyle. Into this dysfunction walks sweet, eager, needy Levi, a certified home health care provider and recovering alcoholic. Assisted Living wants to be a quirky, tender, Marty-esque misfit comedy with just enough dissonant notes to keep it modern, and Deirdre O'Connor certainly has the wit to make that happen. But watching it, I felt as if certain scenes were missing. Like the one that shows Levi and Anne's relationship evolving, so that their violations of standard employer/employee etiquette don't seem unmotivated. Joe Jahraus's Profiles Theatre staging has charm, but not quite enough to fill the holes left by those absent scenes. —Tony Adler

Price: $35-$40

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