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Lizzie Borden Is Smashing Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 2 2013

Poet Sue Cargill draws on Galway Kinnell, Sylvia Plath, Roald Dahl, and others for her eclectic and eccentric retellings of nine classic fairy tales. Backed by Matt Test—alternately somber and tongue-in-cheek on piano and musical saw—Charles Perault’s “Bluebeard” gets a rhythmic makeover, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” becomes a more-than-usually unsettling depiction of a tot in peril, and “The Red Shoes” features visually quirky choreography for feet. Lacking an overarching dramatic arc, Jayita Bhattacharya’s production feels like a trifle, and it probably is. But it gets a boost from child actress Lena Luna Magnus Brün, whose quiet, mature severity suggests that she was ripped straight out of a Wes Anderson film. —Dan Jakes

Price: $12-$15


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