Catch the Fish Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater) Image

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 3 2014

Given the premise—a journalist from Vanity Fair profiles three twentysomething strivers living in Los Angeles—you might assume you're in for yet another unflattering portrait of LA, commonly regarded as the capital of all things venal and vapid. But playwright Jonathan Caren never dismisses his characters as mere ditzes and douches, and so they have more depth than the coke-snorting wannabes we (and the journalist) initially take them for. The performances in Will Crouse's staging for the Poor Theatre aren't always as layered as the script is, which can make the people of this 80-minute one-act seem schizo rather than multifaceted. Only Dillon Kelleher, as a somewhat puppyish would-be ladies' man, manages to communicate the desperate loneliness behind the pose. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15, $10 industry and students

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