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Fish Men Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 6 2012

Compulsive chess gambler Rey is hard to see as a sympathetic protagonist in Candido Tirado's new play about a group of predatory hustlers in Washington Square Park. Sent to settle a debt on behalf of his uncle, Rey becomes easy pickings for the self-styled "sharks." Tirado's appreciation for the game is clear—he's apparently a seasoned aficionado himself. But his efforts to stir racial issues, blunt political allegories, and ethical debates into the mix yield haphazard results. The stakes don't take off until act two, and by then Tirado's chess-as-life metaphor is already wearing thin. Still, once the revenge theme solidifies in this Teatro Vista production directed by Edward Torres, it becomes easier to care. —Dan Jakes

Price: $12-$42

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