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Escape From Happiness The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 8 2010

In George F. Walker's 1991 comedy, a loopy mother and her three daughters--a tough one, a neurotic one, and a poorly written one--confront the sins of the father, a retired police officer and mean drunk now looking to atone for his abusive ways. His incoherent plan for redemption somehow tangles the family up with small-time hoods and crooked cops. Infamous Commonwealth Theatre plays the quasi-farcical plotline for optimum zaniness, with lots of shouting and grappling and a sense of barely contained chaos--which only underscores Walker's tendency to substitute quirks for character. Nancy Friedrich manages to transcend the material with a scene-stealing, sublimely dingbatty performance as the basket-case middle sister. --Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$20

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