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Holiday Special Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Jan. 29 2016

A former TV sitcom star who left her series to pursue a movie career returns for a special Christmas episode in this new comedy by Jamie Jirak. As cast and crew prepare for the taping, a lot of zaniness transpires, most of it having to do with well-worn showbiz cliches—prima-donna actors, soulless executives, put-upon assistants, neurotic writers, and so on. The returning star’s love-hate thing with the would-be Ross to her Rachel feels especially warmed-over and tedious. Still, an enthusiastic cast manages to wring some laughs from a few supporting roles, in particular Sharla Beaver as a sardonic hair and makeup artist and Becca Levine as a dotty director who’s been working in television since Jackie Gleason’s heyday. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15, $10 students

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