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Skylight Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10 2013

There's at least an hour's worth of terrific drama sprinkled throughout Court Theatre's meticulous revival of the 1995 play by David Hare. Trouble is, the show lasts for two and a half hours. Ex-lovers Kyra and Tom spend the night in Kyra's shabby London flat, reminiscing and arguing about their affair gone awry. Laura Rook and Philip Earl Johnson throw off sparks as the couple, coming at each other with a convincing mix of wit, tenderness, and naked hostility. But Hare's long stretches of droll exposition feel like dutiful busy work, and director William Brown tends to dote on the script rather than bring it to life. Todd Rosenthal's elaborate set--Kyra's entire flat, minus the walls--is fittingly realistic inasmuch as Hare requires Kyra to cook spaghetti onstage. --Keith Griffith

Price: $45-$65

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