Diary of a Madman Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 25 2012

Frizzy-bearded Rush Pearson is nothing if not in character as he stands inches from your face, performing his own adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story about a Russian clerk's descent into insanity. It's a bold if sometimes distracting approach, made tolerable by Pearson's warm, sympathetic portrayal of Gogol's chatty loon, Poprishchin. Following the story's diary format, Pearson chronicles Poprishchin's inability to cope with his own insignificance, slowly folding in schizophrenic detachment and delusions of grandeur. It all adds up to a competent performance of a story perhaps better left on the page: in print, "Diary of a Madman" is an eerie artifact of an elusive protagonist; onstage, there's less to piece together. —Dan Jakes

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