Death Takes a Holiday Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 26 2013

What did everybody else take—a sedative? In this soporific 2011 musical, based on an Italian play by Alberto Casella (it was made into a movie in 1934 and remade, as Meet Joe Black, in 1998), the Grim Reaper disguises himself as a handsome Russian prince to spend a weekend at a duke's villa. When he falls in love with his host's daughter, Death learns to appreciate life. Too bad there's no sign of a pulse in Peter Stone and Thomas Meehan's slow-moving book or Maury Yeston's operetta-like score. And Elizabeth Margolius's staging for Circle Theatre is about as spirited as a funeral, featuring dim lighting, pallid performances, and a cumbersome, staircase-dominated set (designed by Peter O'Neill) that leaves the cast looking isolated and far away. —Zac Thompson

Price: $30-$32

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