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Autumn Garden Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2008

Lillian Hellman's 1951 play unfolds in the sitting room of a gulf coast mansion-turned-guest house, belonging to a family that's seen better days. It should be an intimate place, full of history. But furniture is strewn awkwardly across Courtney O'Neill's set as if to discourage human interaction--an unfortunately apt metaphor for this disjointed Eclipse Theatre Company production whose 12 actors spend the better part of three hours talking past one another. Hellman aimed to write a kind of postwar, Louisiana Uncle Vanya, about a group of relations and hangers-on who assemble in seclusion to suffer through various unrequited loves. But with disparate acting styles and a variety of geographically indeterminate accents, this bunch seem like relative strangers, and their stories never cohere. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$25

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