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Belle of Austin The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2018

Originally performed at the 2007 Rhinofest, Rory Jobst’s one-man show is back. The piece attempts to delve into the psyche of Daniel Johnston, the outsider singer-songwriter, by way of love letters in the style of Emily Dickinson. While this intent holds true to the mission of its presenter, Hawkeye Plainview Productions, as a “dramatic exploration and mash up,” it doesn't create many Johnston/Dickinson synergies beyond general feelings of depression and longing. Under Dana Anderson’s direction, Jobst commits to Johnston’s mania and rides it full throttle, hauntingly illustrating the interior of his nonlinear, opaque mind. What’s unclear is what we’re supposed to walk away with. Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance

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