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

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 26 2011

In David Mamet's semiautobiographical 1980 one-act, a college student--a privileged 18-year-old studying English lit at an elite eastern school--spends his summer working as a cook aboard a Great Lakes freighter filled with burly, foul-mouthed, misogynistic, homophobic, middle-aged, working-class blowhards. Lacking high stakes, this rambling character study serves as a sketchbook for Mamet's more significant tales of male camaraderie and competition. The eight-member ensemble under G.J. Cederquist's direction fail to capture either the terse rhythms of Mamet's dialogue or the gulf between the young cook and his shipmates--a crucial element in a piece about a boy in the company of men. --Albert Williams

Price: $20-$22


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