Our Bad Magnet Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 18 2009

Three 29-year-old childhood friends reunite on a bleak bluff in Girvan, Scotland, to remember a fourth--strange, unhappy Giggles, who wrote wonderful stories and killed himself at 19. Or did he? Despite the plot's dark underpinnings, Scottish playwright Douglas Maxwell milks considerable mirth from the characters' interactions, especially in a flashback to their nine-year-old days. Carlo Lorenzo Garcia's four performers do a great job of embracing their inner boys (though sometimes they drop their brogues), and the fantasy scenes enacting Giggles's stories are believably childlike, funny and touching. But Maxwell trumps up a conflict that takes over the end of the play only to muddy the waters--and the final, lovely moment. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $18-$22

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