Little Triggers Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2012

Stuck in the office late on Christmas Eve, nebbishy assistant manager Martin receives two semi-supernatural visitations. A mysterious, emotionally unstable Man in Coveralls arrives to repair the printer and ends up forcing Martin to display telekinetic powers. Then the spritely, ingratiating Man in Floss pops up, pours tea, stacks papers, and offers Martin a Faustian contract. Director Allison Shoemaker quotes the preface to A Christmas Carol in the program, inviting a comparison both inevitable and unfortunate. For while Dickens's novella is as coherent as it is hallucinogenic, Daniel Caffrey's play is frustratingly unfocused. It's never clear why Martin needs the visitations, exactly what the visitors are offering, or why the experience unlocks Martin's dormant artistic side—which, in this production by the Ruckus, makes for two hours of imaginative impenetrability. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10

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