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Row After Row The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 27 2018

It may be hard to imagine, but playwright Jessica Dickey manages to make too big a deal of the Civil War. In her 2017 one-act, two veteran battle reenactors—domineering Cal and milquetoast Tom—meet newbie reenactor Leah in a Gettysburg bar post faux Pickett’s Charge. Leah’s black, female, and costumed in historically inaccurate thread count, three grievous fouls in Cal’s exacting playbook. Over an hour of semicontrived arguments and perplexing flashbacks, Dickey tries to turn the Civil War into a metaphor for all manner of societal inequities and personal crises. Against tall odds, this ardent Comrades cast (under Ann Kreitman’s forthright direction) manages to make all but the most overwrought passages (including the untenable happyish ending) intellectually and emotionally compelling. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15

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