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Seascape Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 21 2013

Edward Albee's 1975 play begins as yet another exploration of middle-aged, upper-middle-class angst, a la Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance. But it changes into something very different when a pair of humanoid lizards enter the story, putting their own reptilian spin on a myriad of issues—sexuality, self-actualization, reaction to the "other." The result, at least in this well-paced version from director Stephanie Shaw, is a production by turns smart and funny, witty and wise, world-weary and, by the end, surprising hopeful. Her four-member ensemble gracefully executes Albee's poetic but often opaque material. Jack Hickey does a star turn as an anger-prone but emotionally impotent man, and Alee Spadoni is virtuosic as the female half of the reptile couple. —Jack Helbig

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