Caucasian Chalk Circle Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 9 2013

Bertolt Brecht's sweeping 1948 parable follows palace servant and good-hearted sucker Grusha as she reluctantly rescues an infant prince during an insurrection, then flees with him along back roads, over mountains, and across a 2,000-foot gorge with rarely a good deed going unpunished. It's a tough slog for her, and Ed Rutherford's 16-person cast make it unnecessarily tough on the audience, too, by displaying roughly a dozen different acting styles. In any scene requiring more than three actors—and that's most of them—the jumbled tone flattens Brecht's social critique. Still, the smaller scenes in this Promethean Theatre Ensemble staging are crafty, insightful, and occasionally heartbreaking, thanks largely to Sara Gorsky's forthright performance as Grusha. Matt Kahler's folk-influenced score is bracing and effectively sung. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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