On an Average Day Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 13 2009

Backstage Theatre Company tackles this mostly brilliant John Kolvenbach play--about two estranged, hard-drinking brothers reuniting in their squalid boyhood home as their lives disintegrate--just nine months after Route 66 Theater Company tore the stuffing out of it. Director Matthew Reeder's production may lack the precision of its predecessor, but its itchy, chaotic energy spills out of the tiny, dilapidated kitchen set with overwhelming force, giving the show a bracing immediacy. Actors Tony Bozzuto and Jason Huysman, operating in perfect synch, find exquisite humor and pathos in the script's unsparing desperation. If only sound designer Tom Haigh would stop wedging deep, rumbling pulses under several of their more intense moments; actors this accomplished don't need gimmicky sound effects to deliver knockout punches. --Justin Hayford

Price: $18-$20

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