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Hot Georgia Sunday The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

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

Catherine Trieschmann's leisurely tour through an erratic, dead-end Georgia clan is more literary than dramatic. Six characters—three from the poorish, ruralish Vickery family, three circling the periphery—narrate their own episodic tales in the past tense. While the stories gradually intertwine, the characters remain largely isolated from one another. It makes for an extended tableau full of humor, pathos, and self-recrimination, for the most part brought satisfyingly to life under Marti Lyons's gentle direction for Haven Theatre. But Trieschmann rarely ventures beyond well-worn southern gothic quirks—the crafty, drunk church janitor, the moon-eyed adolescent girl—withholding the telling details that might make everything feel less like dutiful fiction. More problematic, Trieschmann consistently writes down to her characters, something even this fine cast can't overcome. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30

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