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

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 26 2015

To anglophone ears the title of Michele Lowe's 2009 drama may sound like, say, the name of a nation led by George W. Bush. But in fact it refers to the Sumerian mother goddess (aka Ishtar); Inana tells the tale of Yasin, an Iraqi archeologist doing his frantic best to protect an ancient statue of the goddess from harm during the run-up to Dubya's 2003 gulf war. The predicament of Fertile Crescent antiquities—both then and, thanks to ISIS, now—is a crisis deserving of our passionate attention, and the story of Yasin's idiosyncratic style of heroism has its own fascination. But neither the predicament nor the story is all that well served here. Director Kimberly Senior hasn't figured out how to make human sense of Lowe's coyly structured narrative. The result is a production that lacks immediacy, seeming to privilege metaphors over characters. —Tony Adler

Price: $35-$48

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