Short Shorts: Three Original One Act Plays Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2008

Considering their easy targets and depressing lack of twists, these ensemble-generated one-acts can't be short enough. Paraded simply for silliness's sake, the quirks they depict cry out for the three C's--context, causation, and consequences. Witness Hipsters, a predictable mockery of Humboldt Park rebel wannabes who find cancer wards cool scenes in which to nurture their outsider sensibility. Desperately lacking a saving edge, the musical Deprived is an exercise in entropy: idiotic human guinea pigs in a sleep deprivation study succumb to neuroses by the numbers. Most blatant is Jacoby's Promise, which courageously spoofs the "purity ceremony" of a literally anal-retentive evangelical family riddled with incest but phobic about germs. Nothing's sadder than freeze-dried improv. (LB)

Price: $7

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