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Chops The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016

Middle-aged jazz devotees Vince, Walt, and Philly like to think they ruled Rush Street in their youths. These days, hopped-up Walt’s penchant for shady deals keeps him flush, but broken-down Vince barely scrapes by, operating the scuzzy bar where he and Walt reminisce to the delight of Kaki, Walt’s twentysomething “chick.” Philly’s been missing for nine months, but tonight he pops up, maybe running from a local thug. Michael Rychlewski’s 90-minute one-act is full of vintage Rush Street misogyny and bloviation as well as gobs of colorful stories, but it lacks a viable plot and adequate character differentiation (Walt and Philly are nearly indistinguishable), and the twist ending is difficult to track. Under Richard Shavzin’s workmanlike direction, Dashnight Productions’ opening night felt cautious and underrehearsed. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$35

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