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Seascape With Sharks and Dancer The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2011

Reclusive writer Ben pulls drowning, naked Tracy from the ocean off Cape Cod at 4 AM and takes her back to his ramshackle cottage. She insists she wasn't drowning but dancing. She also calls him stupid, ugly, chicken, ineffectual, obsequious, dumb, and a royal asshole—and she's just getting started. They end up in love. Playwright Don Nigro supplies psychological justifications for Tracy's hyperbolic unpleasantness, but not until she's overstayed her welcome by an act and a half. He never accounts for Ben's Job-like patience. The guy's devotion to Tracy is as inexplicable as Promethean Theatre Ensemble's decision to produce the play. Director Beth Wolf coaxes mature, compelling performances from her two-person cast, and Mike Dunbar's thrift-store set is heartbreakingly drab. —Justin Hayford

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