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HoliDaze The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2014

Back for its second annual run, Step Up Productions' holiday offering goes mercifully light on the holiday content. The show's six short plays tend to evoke nonsectarian heartwarmth over explicit Yule-ishness. In fact, the only piece in which Christmas figures as more than an expendable detail is Kristiana Rae Colón's Gift Horse Grill, a sloppy satire about a bureaucratic Santa who deals in slavery reparations. The rest are basically love stories: a nerd and a party girl meeting cute on New Year's Eve, two lonely reps seeking solace at a trade show, and so on. Dana Lynn Formby's Christmas Armaments (negotiations between a psychically scarred war vet and her husband) is ambitious but problematic. More fully realized—and entertaining—are Joshua Rollins's Perfect Space (marginal types waiting for Harry Potter) and Steven Simoncic's Lunch Box Love (the entire arc of a marriage, sweetly done in mime). —Tony Adler

Price: $30, $25 seniors


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