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Road Tickets Available The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 29 2009

Two decades after its inexplicable international success, Jim Cartwright's script--a meandering, fashionably angsty portrait of a failing Lancashire town during Britain's 1987 recession--remains as naive and irrelevant as ever. Cartwright never bothers to consider specific social and political forces that might've caused Lancashire's industrial base to collapse--poverty is just a nasty state of being, like foul weather, and an excellent excuse to have characters drink, fight, despair, and fuck to excess. The working poor are exhibited as an exotic species for two hours, then spend the last 15 minutes spouting Big Ideas. Directing Ka-Tet Theatre's debut, Richard Stockton Rand shows how inventive staging can transform a tiny storefront into a world, but he can't make the play matter. –Justin Hayford

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