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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 23 2009

There's an aura of implausibility emanating from this 80-minute one-act by Tommy Lee Johnston, now receiving its world premiere at Redtwist Theatre. Johnston plays Mike, a mental patient whose ability to see other people's human energy fields alerts him to a person's imminent death. Striking up a conversation with an elderly widower he meets in the park, Mike recounts an encounter he had with a woman at an airport--a promising flirtation that went wrong when Mike tried to warn the woman not to board her plane because it was destined to crash. A cross between Edward Albee's The Zoo Story and an episode of The Twilight Zone, the play never quite transcends its questionable premise that a clearly disturbed man like Mike could approach total strangers in public places and gain their trust. The actors deliver earnest performances under Jan Ellen Greaves's direction, and off-Loop veteran Larry Wiley is particularly good as the widower, still hurting from the loss of his wife. --Albert Williams

Price: $22-$30

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