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Becky Shaw Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 6 2011

Disowned by her family for dating black men, Gina Gionfriddo's white title character fixates on violent, racist fantasies. She's also convinced that the rich, emotionally stunted banker who fucked her on a bad blind date is her last romantic hope and can be blackmailed into marrying her. The banker, meanwhile, is in love with the married daughter of his adoptive parents. Gionfriddo packs these promising stories, and a couple more, into this 2009 Pulitzer finalist. But her indulgent, inefficient writing makes each of them feel like a separate, underdeveloped play--a problem Damon Kiely's unfocused direction just exacerbates. Gionfriddo ultimately unifies her dramatic threads into a compelling finale, persuasively acted by a fine cast. But by then it's too little too late. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$30

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