Her Naked Skin Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: May 1-3 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 3 2012

It's London, 1913, and militant suffragettes are cycling in and out of Holloway Prison, where they're routinely beaten, verbally abused, and raped. When they go on hunger strikes they're force-fed through intranasal tubing, which can be fatal. One affluent, outspoken, middle-aged suffragette, Lady Celia, has been given an ultimatum: her supportive but exasperated husband says he'll leave her if she risks another strike. Meanwhile, she discovers she's in love with young, working-class Eve, whom she's supposed to be mentoring. All this could make for a thrilling play, especially given the talent Shattered Globe Theatre has assembled. But Rebecca Lenkiewicz's lax writing, alternately perfunctory and rambling, turns dire situations into measured conversations. Very little feels pressing, and Roger Smart's sluggish pacing makes the problem worse. —Justin Hayford

Price: $18-$34

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