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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 26 2013

In British playwright Nina Raine's angsty quasi-comedy of sexual manners, tightly wound Bella celebrates her 29th birthday at an upscale bar with friends and exes who barely tolerate one another: self-absorbed lawyer Richard, attention-starved writer Sandy, peacemaker financial analyst Tom, and personality-lite doctor Emily. In nearly two hours of snappy dialogue, the quintet indulge all manner of career insecurities, romantic jealousies, and sexual anxieties, ultimately clutching at Big Ideas about the alleged intractability of contemporary gender roles. Though plotting and stakes are minimal—Raine confuses ego woundings with dramatic crises—the snarky sparring is entertaining enough, especially in director Elly Green's nimble yet grounded production for Stage Left. Flashbacks showing Bella's inability to process her father's impending death inject more cheap sentiment than gravitas. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25

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