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Heartbleed New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 17 2018

Playwright-director Lon West has a message for us, and he's chosen to communicate it through an allegory. Trouble is, the allegory is an inchoate mess—obscure in some ways and all too plain in others, sort of like that first love poem you wrote in high school. I get that the guy who represents rationality and science is not only irritable but doomed, while the kind people who serve others are fated for the light despite their remarkable simplicity (one of them is surprised to learn that the sun will eventually burn out). But what's this weird facility they live in, apparently lacking on-premises staff even though some of the residents are in a very bad way? And why has the satanic Heartbleed decided to treat them so badly? And how about the mute girl's paintings? It's all very frustrating. And poorly staged, to boot. An excruciating 45 minutes. Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Tony Adler

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