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Henry Moore Is Melting Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 20 2013

In 2005 somebody stole a fairly huge and celebrated bronze, Henry Moore's Reclining Figure, from the grounds of the Henry Moore Foundation in England. The sculpture was reported to be worth nearly $5 million, but investigators came to believe that the thieves were Pavees (Irish gypsies) who sold it for its scrap value—about $2,400. Playwright Jenny Seidelman had the fine idea of writing a play about the heist, and the even better one of creating Tommy, a young Pavee who knows and loves art. In his attempt to keep Reclining Figure from harm, Tommy plays a double game that gives the tale its drama. Trouble is, neither Seidelman nor Cold Basement Dramatics makes nearly enough of what they've got. The script is inarticulate and full of useless repetition. And though Mikey Laird's staging offers strong performances by Mickey O'Sullivan as Tommy and Ryan Hallahan as his brother Finn, it develops little suspense. A bronze concept comes off, finally, as a hunk of metal. —Tony Adler

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