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Blue Surge The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2009

Rebecca Gilman's 2001 play has the tight structure and hard-bitten feel of a good heist story--only there's no master criminal or steely-eyed detective, and the heist is decidedly pathetic. Set in a little south Wisconsin town, Blue Surge follows two cops, two massage-parlor prostitutes, and an artist-in-the-schools through events triggered by one of the cops, Curt, when he decides that Sandy, one of the prostitutes, needs to be saved from herself. Out of their awkward, sometimes comic flailings emerges a dark look at the peculiar kind of self-destruction of which complicated people are capable. This intimate Eclipse Theatre production has a couple of crucial holes: neither Kevin Scott's Curt nor Laura Coover's Sandy is fully convincing. Still, if Scott and Coover can't muster full-spectrum devastation, they and the rest of a smart cast make good use of the colors available to them. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25

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