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Gruesome Playground Injuries Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 5 2012

A pair of self-destructive lovers pick at each others' scabs—both literally and metaphorically—in this 2009 two-hander. Rajiv Joseph's tender, thoughtful script chronicles Doug and Kayleem's relationship from schoolyard crush to thorny thirtysomething affair. Lavina Jadhwani's Rasaka Theatre Company staging pushes past the angst inherent in the material and grounds itself in something more genuine: the mixed blessing of love between people who have endless empathy for others but none for themselves. Tim Martin is at once pitiable and endearing as extroverted klutz Doug; Mouzam Makkar is searing as the insular depressive he longs for. —Dan Jakes

Price: $12-$25


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