God's Ear Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2009

Like David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer-winning Rabbit Hole, Jenny Schwartz's 2007 play demonstrates the obvious: most parents who lose a child feel horrible, act strangely, but ultimately accept the loss. While Schwartz's 90-minute piece is about an hour shorter than Lindsay-Abaire's, her repetitive, quasi-poetic, stream-of-consciousness scenes and glut of inexplicable characters--a dumpy tooth fairy, a G.I. Joe, a pistol-toting transvestite flight attendant, and a nameless guy who sings a list of things eBay doesn't sell--make it feel interminable. Director Krissy Vanderwarker's able cast make many of Schwartz's aimless asides compelling, and Abraham Levitan’s faux-naive songs add charm to this Dog & Pony Theatre Company production. But all the indirection and irony does little to illuminate recognizable human psychology or emotions. --Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$20

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