Hesperia Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wed., July 14 and Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 14 2010

The premise--two porn stars (Natalie DiCristofano and Billy Fenderson) move back home to the midwest and become born-again Christians--could yield a comedy or a sermon. But playwright Randall Colburn avoids both easy laughs and easier moralizing, offering instead an intimate, insightful, achingly sad portrait of two people desperate to regain their innocence. Inadvertently, the pair set their carefully drawn romantic foils--a youth minister for her, a sheltered churchwoman for him--on the opposite course, from naivete to disillusioned experience. Nathan Robbel's talented cast act their parts with a stillness and understatement worthy of a cinematic closeup, giving the play its quietly shattering impact. Nick Freed is especially strong as the youth minister, an intriguing mix of dogmatism and openheartedness. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15 suggested donation

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