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Les Liaisons Dangereuses The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 28 2015

Christopher Hampton's 1985 drama, based on a 1782 novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, concerns the cruel games of sexual intrigue played by two former lovers, Vicomte de Valmont and Marquise de Merteuil, who conspire to ruin other people's lives by seducing and then betraying them. AstonRep Theatre Company's production transplants the action from 18th-century France to Russia in 1916-'17, on the eve of revolution. But director Charlie Marie McGrath does little to suggest the turbulent era in which she's reset the story, other than giving sound designer/composer Clayton Horath an opportunity to play recordings of authentic Russian piano music as well as original material in a similar style. Nothing in McGrath's staging suggests the disconnect between the amoral aristocrats' frivolous obsessions and the social upheaval about to destroy their privileged world. But Hampton's script is compelling, and the ensemble is solid, with especially affecting performances coming from Ann Marie White and Tim Larson as two of Valmont and Merteuil's victims. —Albert Williams

Price: $20

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