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Monroe The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through Oct. 4 2013

Maybe what we all want is simply to be understood; certainly Marilyn Monroe did. Part of her tragedy came down to the gap between her facile public persona and her tortured inner life, which Amber Hargroder aims to bridge in this one-woman show. Performing in song, dance, and monologue, Hargroder has the physical resemblance to Monroe, and a winning impersonation of her baby-girl speak—the charming, if affected, dumb-blonde voice. What could be compelling, though, isn't happening here. It's hard to take on an icon, to be sure, but I hoped a narrative from Monroe's perspective would reveal more depth and evoke empathy; instead we retread familiar territory: marriages, breakdowns, suicide. In the end, it feels less about reclaiming a woman's integrity and more about giving us another chance to gawk. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $15

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