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Peyton Place Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 30 2013

Grace Metalious's trashy 1956 best seller about a scandal-plagued New England village is probably best known today for its big- and small-screen adaptations, including the 1960s TV show that made stars of Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. The novel is ideally suited for soap opera, given its multiple plot lines and lurid handling of sex and violence. Metalious's tailor-made-to-titillate scenarios have lost their ability to shock by now, but there's still considerable camp potential in a tale filled with cat fights, horny housewives, and fucked-up parent-child relationships. Unfortunately, adapter-director Paul Edwards isn't laughing. His staging is part coming-of-age narrative, part straightforward melodrama, and wholly unnecessary. The show's two-and-a-half-hour running time feels like an eternity. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20


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