Little Boy Needs Ride and Notes to Molly Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 12 2010

The first of these two wry, surreal short works by Chris Bower makes you want to kill yourself. The second, to kill somebody else. Fortunately, even stronger than either impulse is the sense that it doesn’t matter what the fuck you do. The main body of Little Boy Needs Ride is an epistolary monologue in which a prepubescent suburban soccer kid—played with surprising believability by bearded, pudgy Bower—writes letters to his absent father and pissed-off mother in an attempt to maintain order while his world comes crashing down in an unusually absolute way. This is complemented by voice-overs offering the sort of soccer history Zidane might endorse. Notes to Molly is about a pair of functional alcoholics whose lethargic, sadomasochistic relationship suggests what The Sun Also Rises might’ve been like if Hemingway had never left Oak Park. The obsessive, nasty bleakness of it all is oddly compelling. —Tony Adler

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