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Stop Kiss The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 6 2017

You get the sense that something’s missing in the Cuckoo's Theater Project's rendition of Diana Son’s nonlinear drama about two women whose initially platonic, eventually romantic relationship gets upended after a violent attack. First produced in 1998, the work presumably carried more weight back in the days before Obergefell. In 2017, watching two ostensibly straight women, Callie and Sara (Jackie Seijo and Winter Sherrod), come to grips with their sexuality doesn't hold much drama. And filled with chirpy dialogue, the script frequently feels dated, as when a detective badgers Callie into divulging the nature of her relationship with Sara, or when a witness talks up gay life in relatively narrow terms. Director Angela Forshee and cast do their best; perhaps what’s missing is the historical context. —Matt de la Peña

Price: $20


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