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Memory The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2010

Setting up parallels between Nazi Germany and Zionist Israel seems designed to inflame, but Jonathan Lichtenstein deals far less in provocation than in how we reconstruct the past in order to survive what is too painful to contemplate. Lichtenstein's play-within-a-play device feels strained, but once Matthew Reeder's taut and exceedingly well-acted BackStage Theatre Company production gets beyond narrative throat clearing it becomes a passionate and sorrowful portrait of worlds and minds divided. Brenda Barrie is enthralling as Eva, an East German Holocaust survivor, and Bilal Dardai and Samuel Buti find communion as a Palestinian on the verge of being displaced and an Israeli soldier reluctantly carrying out the eviction order. --Kerry Reid

Price: $22-$25