Mop Top Festival Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 25 2009

Factory Theater's 2008 Ren Faire--an insider's satire about romance, treachery, and valor at a geek-saturated Renaissance faire--set the standard for the kind of show Scott Oken attempts here: an insider's satire about romance, treachery, and valor at a geek-saturated Beatles convention. But while Matt Engle's razor-sharp Ren Faire script brought an esoteric world into vivid focus, Oken's languid writing and slack direction create mostly comic mush. In moments where he dramatizes the inherent absurdity of fandom--as when a condescending vendor makes a socially inept zealot prove her mastery of Beatles minutiae to earn the right to buy an $8 compilation disc--Oken demonstrates how much potential his show holds. But too often, glib irony stands in for craft. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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