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Polaroid Stories Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 21 2013

Its title not withstanding, Naomi Iizuka's 1997 play suggests Kirlian photography more than it does the instant images produced by Polaroid cameras. Iizuka uses tales from Ovid's Metamorphoses to reveal the otherwise invisible auras surrounding a collection of modern urban street kids. A gay hustler evokes Narcissus, who was transfixed by his own reflection. An abused singer is equated with Philomel, who became a nightingale after suffering rape and mutilation. A tough young prostitute recalls Eurydice, whom Orpheus couldn't bring back from the dead. The conceit is wonderfully rich but goes nowhere: for all her wit and sensitivity Iizuka never really develops it. Consequently—and despite a smart, visually striking First Floor Theater staging directed by Hutch Pimentel with an ensemble of exquisitely trained young actors—it comes across as a literary exercise. —Tony Adler

Price: $12-$25

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