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Legion Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Sat., March 13, Mon., March 15 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 18 2010

Lieutenant Kinderman is an great character. William Peter Blatty created him for his novel, The Exorcist, and Lee J. Cobb played him in the classic 1973 movie. He's also a central figure in Blatty's Exorcist sequel, Legion, and it's easy to see how the hangdog detective with a yiddishe kop, a kibbitzy manner, and a dark Manichaean-kabbalistic vision of the universe could both anchor and enliven this WildClaw production. But he doesn't. That's partly because Len Bajenski hasn't got a handle on the role (or, for that matter, on his lines). And partly because Charley Sherman's adaptation is so dragged-out and heavy-handed that Kinderman begins to look dense for not getting what we figured out long ago. There are a lot of skilled performers and sharp lines in this show, but none of it means a thing in light of the hole where Kinderman should be. --Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20

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