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Harry's Halfway House The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

Curmudgeonly Norris rents rooms in his dilapidated house to wacky, troubled souls: hypochondriacal simpleton Jabsen, effete mute Porter, gold-hearted addict Tim, and dead-end philosopher the Shaygetz—plus some guy in suspenders everyone calls Boo Radley. They spend most of John C. Davenport's two-hour dramedy sitting around musing about Star Wars, skin cancer, and cookie jars, leaving little room for plot or character development. Davenport attempts to create suspense by introducing an officious city bureaucrat, Elaine, who's bent on determining the legal owner of Norris's house, but it's difficult to care about the potential eviction of such two-dimensional characters. Director Paul Tinley's Rebekah Theatre Project premiere is too stilted to generate much comedy. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20


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