Orange Flower Water Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 27 2010

This middling 2002 drama by Craig Wright tackles adultery among the minivan set. Unhappily married to other people, David and Beth want to start a new life together. But putting their dream into action involves hurting their spouses and children, which makes David and Beth feel just awful. Wright's insights on this predicament are of the no-duh variety ("You think things can happen without happening, but in the end, they always have to actually happen"), and the play's series of fraught two-person scenes seems tailor-made for acting students. Fittingly, then, it's the performances that distinguish Jessica Hutchinson's production for BackStage Theatre Company--particularly the work of Shelley Nixon, who gives Beth a profound sadness born of disenchantment. –Zac Thompson.

Price: $18-$20

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