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Love and Understanding Agenda Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through March 24 2014

This 1997 play by Brit Joe Penhall occasionally shows its age (land lines? pagers!), yet offers a timeless study of a love triangle. Freud required three to play out his family romance, and here it's all we need for drama that is surprising even in its predictability. Michael Woods is mesmerizing as Richie, the archetypal narcissist/addict. His bulbous eyes radiate charisma and vulnerability, need and terror—this is the sort Kerouac meant when he wrote of "the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time." We can only watch uncomfortably as Richie, for reasons he doesn't understand, proceeds to fuck up his best friend's so-called happy life. Turns out, it’s not so hard: push anyone hard enough and you’ll uncover some lack. There is no such thing as "mindless contentment" here; it's only disillusion and longing. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $20, $15 for students and seniors

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