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Remembrance of Things Pontiac The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 11 2010

One of the remarkable aspects of this festival is its generational breadth. “Fringe” is usually a synonym for “fresh out of college,” but the lineup here includes seasoned vets as well as rambunctious youths. Kestutis Nakas is one of the vets. An associate professor of theater at Roosevelt University, the 56-year-old Nakas has been putting up work at places like LaMama since the 1980s. He lets both his age and chops show to powerful effect in this solo about a Michigan teen, class of ’71, who’s tormented by delayed puberty even as he engages the universe through LSD and the MC5. It’s astonishing how much Nakas gets right about pimply suburban “freaks” coming up just a frustrating hairsbreadth behind the Woodstock generation, how much reality he builds from a small vocabulary of gestures, and how much mortality he can put in a line reading. Pontiac is amiable, amusing, and—finally, unexpectedly, quietly—stunning. —Tony Adler

Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door



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