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

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 14 2009

Diana Son's 1998 play is a fascinating hybrid--part romance, part police story, part political polemic--but not always a successful one. Son too often sacrifices a fuller exploration of the unexpected love that blossoms between her two lead female characters, Callie and Sara, to advance her anti-gay-bashing message. Still, director Michael Patrick Thornton's ensemble is willing and able to supply the intensity and emotional honesty sometimes missing from the heavy-handed script. As Callie, Anna Carini is particularly adept at bringing out the hidden depths in an emotionally wounded, commitment-shy character who finds herself falling in love. A scene in which she helps her wheelchair-bound lover dress is especially moving. Even at only 90 minutes, though, parts of this tale drag. –Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$25

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