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Savage Land The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 2 2012

In the 18th century, an illiterate woman named Verse (no, seriously) gets sucked into a love triangle with her anthropologist suitor Henry and a gaudy pansexual artist who sounds like a cross between Star Trek's Sulu and the Yes Guy from the The Simpsons. Trapped together on an island while studying and/or exploiting the indigenous population, the hapless trio let go a series of traipsing speeches, pregnant pauses, and ham-fisted metaphors for lust versus love and science versus sensationalism. Josh Nordmark's loquacious play has a hard time keeping its own story straight, frequently veering off track with bizarre character choices and inconsistent logic. Matters aren't made any clearer by Mikey Laird's anemic staging for Nothing Special Productions, in which every character seems to confuse period diction with talking like Yoda. —Dan Jakes

Price: $17

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