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Be a Good Little Widow Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2011

Playwright Bekah Brunstetter takes four longish scenes--roughly half this sluggish 90-minute drama--to establish what a better playwright could say in one: that hapless bride Melody bristles under her WASPy mother-in-law's condescending gaze, resents husband Craig's frequent absences from home, questions her marriage, and seems ready to dally with Craig's coworker. When Craig dies unexpectedly, the question that everything in the script has been setting up--Must a conflicted wife become a devoted widow?--gets dropped, along with Melody's ambivalence, in favor of a bathetic illustration of grief's awful strangeness. Oddly enough, the performances are consistently convincing. Meghan Reardon, in particular, is a childlike, mercurial marvel as Melody. But Anthony Moseley's erratic directorial tone exacerbates the script's structural clumsiness. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$25

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