Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 20 2012

Bruce Springsteen's stark, mournful 1982 album Nebraska inspired this collection of ten short plays produced by Tympanic Theatre Company. The tone ranges from blue-collar Jacobean (Bob Fisher's Winning Ugly, based on Springsteen's "Johnny 99," in which a murderer requests the death penalty rather than prison) to the mystical/allegorical (Ted Brengle's Daughters of Necessity, a cunning take on "Open All Night" that turns a trio of diner waitresses into a prairie version of the Fates). A shifting lineup of live musicians adds gritty aural texture to these sometimes precious but generally well-honed snapshots depicting the terror, grief, despair, and moments of near-redemption that run through the original. —Kerry Reid

Price: $15

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