I Killed My Mother Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fri., Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 20, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 21, 3 p.m., Thu., Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Sun., Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Thu., March 4, 8 p.m., Fri., March 5, 8 p.m., Sat., March 6, 8 p.m., Sun., March 7, 3 p.m., Thu., March 11, 8 p.m., Fri., March 12, 8 p.m., Sat., March 13, 8 p.m. and Sun., March 14, 3 p.m. 2010

At a Romanian orphanage that could have been co-designed by Charles Dickens and Samuel Beckett, a fierce, discarded Gypsy girl strikes up a sustaining friendship with a wild, imaginative boy nicknamed Clip after the steel device the authorities clamp onto his tongue whenever he speaks out of turn. The business of becoming an adult amidst brutality and meaninglessness is the principal subject of Andras Visky's fascinating two-hander, but the play's bleak landscape never overpowers the playwright's fundamental humanity. Karin Coonrod's gripping production for Theatre Y captures both the grimness and the pathos in the script, thanks in large part to Peter Kasander's no-man's-land set and a pair of beautifully tender performances from Melissa Hawkins and Andrew Livingston. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$20

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