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Noir: City of Big Shoulders Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2011

I'm not sure I could spoil the plot of this one if I tried. Set in Prohibition-era Chicago--though jarringly scored with John Coltrane jazz numbers from the 1960s--the story thickens to impenetrability minutes after private detective Frank McClellan lands a new case. A "mafia merger" must be brokered, some people have to be tracked down to do it, and a killer with a hatchet is on the loose. Brendan Balfe has written this strict genre piece in the style of an old radio drama, intercutting recorded voiceovers and onstage action. Most of the actors in Silent Theatre Company's staging seem stuck in the rut of playing characters instead of people; Scott Coyne is the exception, portraying gangster boss Jimmy Exposito with terrific, quiet menace. --Keith Griffith

Price: $10

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