Les Miserables Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2011

By intermission, this touring production of the popular Broadway musical had left me battered and numb. The unrelenting, maximum-volume singing, booming, brass-heavy orchestrations, and compulsive smoke-blowing felt more like riot control than storytelling. When the storm abated in the second act, there wasn't much left but thin relationships and meager motivations. A few members of the supporting cast shine amid the show's cold technical splendor--particularly Michael Kostroff (seedy defense lawyer Maurice Levy in The Wire) as the comic villain Thenardier. But as Jean Valjean, Lawrence Clayton seems caught in the whirling machinations of Matt Kinley's dizzying set design--a predicament I identified with. --Keith Griffith

Price: $18-$90

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