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Collected Stories Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 19 2013

"If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him." The saying comes from Zen tradition, but it refers to an archetype as universal as mortality itself, expressed in artworks from Oedipus Rex to All About Eve: children must destroy their parents—biological or spiritual—in order fully to become themselves. Still, there's nothing to say that the parent has to go quietly. Ruth Steiner is a literary lion and Lisa Morrison her grad-student cub; Donald Margulies's canny 1996 script follows their relationship over the course of six years, during which Lisa gets big enough to be dangerous. Gwendolyn Whiteside is unnecessarily skittish as Lisa—more like a naive freshman than somebody going for an advanced degree. But the role of Ruth is built for a tour de force, and Carmen Roman delivers a fine, strategically ambiguous one. As directed, appropriately, by the mother-daughter team of Mary Ann and Jessica Thebus, this American Blues Theater production culminates in a knock-down, drag-out that leaves welts. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$49

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