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Floyd Collins Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 15 2012

Peter Marston Sullivan's BoHo Theatre production takes a while to find its way through the layers of this spare and affecting musical by Adam Guettel and Tina Landau, telling the real-life tale of a Kentucky spelunker who spawned a media frenzy when he became trapped underground in 1925. But thanks in large part to Jim DeSelm—charismatic even when motionless as Floyd—I found myself moved by the inner life of the man meeting his doom below as the crowds feed off his tragedy above. Greg Foster and Jon Harrison also make strong impressions—Foster as a cocky cub reporter who undergoes his own dark night of the soul and Harrison as Floyd's rebellious brother Homer. And Guettel's 1994 score remains a beaut. —Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$28

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