Lives of the Pigeons Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2013

Sherod Santos's 70-minute one-act begins as a promising if metaphorically overburdened Beckett/Albee mash-up. Gus and Max, middle-aged men with a shrouded history, chew the semiphilosophical fat while playing chess atop a promontory flanked by schoolchildren and shipyards. Whenever Max is gone, a nattily dressed, dark-skinned, slightly menacing foreigner interrogates Gus on his unlawful feeding of the park's pigeons. While director Adam Webster's cast proceed with too much deliberation to create adequate psychological nuance, Santos's elliptical dialogue considers a host of intriguing conundrums about human willfulness in a world defined by randomness and indifference. But in the climactic 15 minutes Santos tries to wrench so much significance from his pigeon metaphor that he ends up beating a dead bird. —Justin Hayford

Price: $8-$20

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