Encores: After the Theatre and Other Stories Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 20 2012

Director Joyce Piven and a fine ensemble bring beguiling theatricality to this intimate, minimalist staging of three probing stories by Anton Chekhov: "After the Theatre," "The Trick," and the brilliant "Lady With a Dog." Using the story-theater form, in which characters narrate their actions as well as deliver dialogue, the actors combine refinement with breathless emotional intensity in clearly spoken, physically graceful, idiosyncratic performances. Though the whole cast shines, Daniel Smith is particularly captivating in the last story (adapted by Sarah Ruhl), playing a womanizing banker who unexpectedly falls in love with one of his conquests. —Albert Williams

Price: $25

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