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Impenetrable The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 7 2012

In 2007 Pascal Ibgui, owner of two north-suburban spas, ran a billboard ad identifying physical "problems" on an erotically posed model. Many took umbrage. "I don't want to sound like a chauvinistic pig, but this is a man's world," responded Ibgui, sounding exactly like a chauvinist pig. Mia McCullough's new, fictionalized account of the dustup de-villainizes Ibgui, opting instead for multiple perspectives on gender issues, delivered mostly through essaylike monologues. The problem is that character development takes an awkward backseat to the long speeches. Despite an earnest and entertaining performance by Jennifer Pompa, Greg Werstler's Stage Left Theatre production lacks the momentum it needs to give McCullough's ideas emotional punch. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25

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