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Plainsong The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2014

Things sure are dull in tiny Holt, Colorado, the fictional town where Kent Haruf set his 1999 novel. Sure, the homeless pregnant girl is bunking with her English teacher, who's having an affair with the history teacher, whose wife has deserted him and whose troubled student beats him up. And the pair of old, socially maladjusted brothers who live outside town are worth a chuckle. But Haruf's writing is so flat and his characters so cliched that the town's intrigue feels like, well, bad fiction. Director Bries Vannon's intimate, low-key Signal Ensemble production, adapted for the stage by Eric Schmiedl, has moments of genuine warmth, but its unvaried rhythm and excessive, scattershot narration make for a wearing two and a half hours. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20



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