Quiz Show Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 13 2015

Repressing traumatic memories can result in debilitating psychological symptoms, even as the repression allows victims to move past the trauma. Childhood sexual abuse is bad. Also, game shows tend to be slick and vapid. Scottish playwright Rob Drummond overworks these commonplace notions as though he’s the first to have considered them. In his 2013 play, being given its American premiere by Strawdog Theatre, he concocts an incessantly superficial game show called False!, which after 30 long minutes suddenly devolves into an expressionistic psychodrama featuring mousy, weepy contestant Sandra and her long-repressed demons. It culminates in a righteous speech that explains everything a better playwright might have dramatized. The ever-shifting rules of engagement minimize theatrical impact, a problem exacerbated by director Max Truax’s conceptually fitful production. —Justin Hayford

Price: $28, $24 for students and seniors

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