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Look Homeward Angel Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 21 2008

I expected old-fashioned from Ketti Frings's 1957 stage adaptation of the famous autobiographical novel by Thomas Wolfe, and got it. But her well-made, mainstream play is also intensely moving and funny in John Mossman's Artistic Home production. Frings distills the book's characters and action in deft strokes, creating people both unique and archetypal. In them you can see yourself, your family and community, your own troubled loved ones. The story centers on 17-year-old Eugene and his powerhouse mother, a monster of pragmatism, energy, and self-interest. But as played by Kathy Scambiatterra she's sympathetic too, the product of marriage to an alcoholic. Nick Horst nails the naive boy, and Mossman's adept handling of 16 other, finely etched characters ensures a brisk, clear, stirring story. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $25-$28

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