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Mythical Proportions Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 22 2013

Nora Dunn got famous on SNL during the 1980s. But if her page on IMDB is any indication, she's spent the last several years bouncing around among TV series, doing a judge here, a doctor there. And if this solo show is any indication, she wants more than that. Mythical Proportions plays like a demo reel: an evening-length attempt to remind the world of Dunn's writing and performing chops. Certainly, there's nothing else to connect the tidbits she offers up. A character piece is followed by a personal reminiscence, which is followed by another character piece, and so on. None of it goes anywhere or builds to anything, though there's some fun along the way—especially in the opening passage, where she plays a talent agent with personal dish on everybody from Humphrey Bogart to Claude Monet, and in a late one, about a proper Englishwoman's surprising holiday in California. After a through line, the thing the production needs most (read desperately) is a director. —Tony Adler

Price: $24-$32

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