On Loss Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 3 2012

Mark Chrisler's eight vignettes look at how people express themselves when dealing with loss. The characters—including Auguste Rodin; Laszlo Toth, who vandalized Michelangelo's Pieta in 1972; and an elderly woman suffering from a painful rectal condition—narrate their experiences almost compulsively, for better and worse. This Found Objects Theatre Group production is rough—actually, a little more than rough—around the edges, and the constant talk gets tiresome. But the writing and thoughtful blocking help save the show from its conceit. Two highlights: Brian Nemtusak as a bitter ex, using figurine horses to reenact the whodunit at the center of his failed relationship, and the show's framing device, in which Carl (a charming H.B. Ward) participates in a panel on loss with an older, more sorrowful version of himself (Chris Bower). Part of Rhinofest. –Asher Klein

Price: $12-$15 or pay what you can

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