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Scoundrel Time The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 8 2009

Lillian Hellman's 1976 memoir of the McCarthy era (including her own run-in with the House Un-American Activities Committee) stirred controversy by charging that liberals sold out their principles in failing to defy congressional commie-hunters' assaults on civil liberties. Terry McCabe's faithful stage adaptation for City Lit Theater humanizes the sometimes self-righteous harshness of Hellman's text, revealing an artist wrestling with competing pressures of individual conscience and the need to earn a living. The story's underlying message--that American ideals of freedom are only as strong as a citizen's determination to defend them--remains strikingly relevant. Adrianne Cury directs, Sheila Willis stars, and Jerry Bloom plays multiple supporting roles, including those of Hellman's lover, the politically radical writer Dashiell Hammett, playwright Clifford Odets, and composer Marc Blitzstein. --Albert Williams

Price: $18-$25


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