Playing God Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2015

Matt Rieger's premise sets up a pretty straightforward template for some divine comedy: souls determine their fates in the afterlife by challenging God (Beau O'Reilly) to a board game of their choosing. Aiding the Big Man are a dotty secretary, a cowboy bouncer, a moody guitar player, and an angel-and-demon pair who listlessly ramble off factoids about Milton Bradley. Somewhere in here may be a decent short play about the different bargaining tactics people take in their spiritual life, but you'd be hard-pressed to find it within two aimless hours of smug philosophical mumbo jumbo. The thesis, it seems, is that being master of the universe is dreadfully boring—fine enough, but here Curious Theatre Branch works overtime boring its viewers. Stefan Brün directed.—Dan Jakes

Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door

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