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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 5 2012

When they're not stripped naked, chugging fifths of vodka, and slapping one another, burly, loquacious Piano Larsson and his skinny, taciturn buddies Lommarkki and Artsi drive around northern Finland in an old bus giving "personal service"—i.e., pulling an old drunk out of a hole while his drunk wife curses him. Meanwhile, drunk cross-dresser Marja-Terttu hangs out in the bar run by drunk Maura Zeppelin, where sober but useless Saku practices child care with dolls and his paralyzed wife drags herself around the room. Eventually Marja-Terttu may or may not turn into a seal. The calculated oddness piles up indiscriminately for two and half hours in Leea Klemola's 2004 play, evoking little, and the mostly impressive performances in Akvavit Theatre's ingeniously designed production can't generate much resonance either. —Justin Hayford

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