Kin Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 10 2012

"Is it people you're frightened of, or space?" That question, addressed to an agoraphobic woman, forms the central conundrum in Bathsheba Doran's portrait of several intertwined relationships. Jess McLeod's staging for Griffin Theatre has its unconvincing moments, but Doran's deeply humane script reveals profound truths about the push-pull impulses of human connection—and does it without resorting to the neon-lit metaphors too many playwrights substitute for emotional insight. Susan Monts-Bologna is heartbreaking and hilarious playing Linda, the aforementioned agoraphobe, as she unpeels the layers of the horrific incident that precipitated her condition. In fact there's solid work throughout the ensemble. And Scott Davis's set—a dining room surrounded by marsh grasses—captures the mystery-in-mundanity at the heart of Doran's world. —Kerry Reid

Price: $25-$35

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