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Lunacy! The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 20 2015

Conspiracy theories never add up, but they do have their pleasures. Just so with Andrew Burden Swanson's "crypto-historical comedy," which plays on the surprisingly widespread notion that the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was faked by NASA using cinematic sleight of hand. In Swanson's telling, the real-life mission has to be scrubbed because test rockets keep exploding. But the feds still need a propaganda win against the USSR, so they commandeer a British studio for a secret film shoot simulating history's first extraterrestrial walk. The world-premiere script needs lots of work (sloppy contrivances, a weak through line) and director Gus Menary works too hard at wackiness. Still, the cast deliver some solid moments—and not just the comic kind. Relationships among the studio crew members can be downright sweet. Malcolm Callan is great if not always well used as Stanley Kubrick. (Yes, Kubrick was in on it too.) —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$20

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