Opus Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 15 2012

A plethora of thorny issues threatens to destroy the world-class Lazara string quartet: intractable personality conflicts, romantic meltdowns, pathological perfectionism, untreated mental illness, professional jealousies, youthful ambition, metastasized cancer. The world's greatest playwright would struggle to finesse all of this into a unified, well-developed 90-minute plot; the merely competent Michael Hollinger is overwhelmed. He tends to present his characters' crises in discrete, easily digestible episodes, turning what might have been a multilayered drama into a series of expedient, largely predictable illustrations. Director Jason W. Gerace's admirably understated cast make many of the show’s more unpersuasive moments feel surprisingly credible—including the many unfortunate times they're stuck sawing away at their muted instruments while a prerecorded quartet plays in the background. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$30

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