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Red and Green Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Sept. 15-Oct. 9 2011

Danish playwright Astrid Saalbach has a clear-cut, dead-serious political point to make with this play. Using the example of Nepal, she's out to demonstrate that first-world international aid programs inevitably destroy the people they're designed to help. But she and the folks at Akvavit Theatre also try to make the point on an aesthetic level by scrambling Red and Green's 12 scenes (we see the twelfth scene first, then the ninth, etc.) and denying the audience useful background information. I suppose the craziness of this approach does reflect the craziness of international aid. But the conceit comes across as precious, unnecessary, and ultimately counterproductive. It isn't worth the sacrifice of lucidity. --Tony Adler

Price: $20

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