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Pocatello The Short List (Theater) Recommended Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 13 2015

The Norman Rockwell idea of small-town America continues to exert a pull on the imagination (just listen to the presidential candidates), even though many actual small towns have become clusters of chain stores along the highway. Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale) presents a more accurate picture in this compassionate, almost unbearably sad play about the waitstaff of what appears to be an Olive Garden in Idaho. Without getting preachy about it, Hunter shows how a lack of meaningful job prospects has destroyed any sense of community, plunging the characters into loneliness, substance abuse, and in some cases despair. Jonathan Berry’s pitch-perfect staging for Griffin Theatre Company captures the corporate blandness of the restaurant as well as the quiet, heart-piercing desperation of the people who work there. —Zac Thompson

Price: $28-$36


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