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St. Nicholas The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

This monologue by Irish playwright Conor McPherson comes across at times like a riddling joke—What's the difference between a theater critic and a vampire?—stretched over two acts. McPherson's answer appears to be that even the most jaded of humans is capable of feeling the "fizz of pointless regret." As a nasty Dublin reviewer who falls in with a stylish band of London bloodsuckers, Steve Pickering moves from sneering self-loathing to, well, somewhat enlightened self-loathing—which is McPherson's notion of grace. Director Matthew Miller plays up the underlying theme of storytelling as an equivocal form of salvation by having Pickering read the last part of the play from an old leather journal—repository of half-remembered dreams for so many of us. —Kerry Reid

Price: $10

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