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Equus The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wed., June 23 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5 2010

It's been just three years since Redtwist Theatre (then called Actors Workshop Theatre) last staged Peter Shaffer's 1973 psychological drama about Alan Strang, a teenager with a mystical, BDSM-tinged fascination for horses, and his therapist who talks a lot. But this isn't a remount. Where the earlier production honed in on the script's erotic elements, this one focuses on its preoccupation with spirituality. So much so, in fact, that it looks and feels like a pagan ritual. The result is a little overheated, but also eerie and mesmerizing--particularly the unsettling performance by Andrew Jessop, who plays Alan as an unpredictable, raw-eyed fanatic. Redtwist's first Equus may've been sexier, but this one is certainly scarier. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$30

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