Nowhere but Up Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through April 26 2009

"She is going," Jenny Magnus says of the dying heroine of her lyrical new solo piece, "and she cannot be portrayed." Of course, this doesn't stop Magnus from trying--three times, in fact, over the course of the show's 25 minutes. Using original songs and elliptical monologues, Magnus depicts the woman cataloging every item in her hospital room, putting up a defiant front, slipping into bitterness. We also see Magnus--who deliberately keeps the woman's identity unclear (is she a friend? Magnus's mother?)--struggling to capture her subject's individuality without telling all of her secrets. What results is a deeply moving, painfully personal exploration of the limits and consolations of art in the face of mortality. Also on the bill: Richard Henzel's amusing though forgettable impersonation of spoken-word entertainer Lord Buckley, who was known for translating works of literature into 1950s hipster-speak. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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