Strangers & Romance Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

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

Paired by Strangeloop Theatre, Barbara Lhota's one-acts play off familiar tropes. Strangers borrows from Harold Pinter's The Lover, in which a married couple pretend to be adulterous lovers. Here, the semi-erotic games are designed to ease a tragic loss. Misti Patrella and Tony Ketcham's portrayals don't provide the ripped-Band-Aid sting needed to overcome the self-consciousness of the dialogue. Things improve with Romance, whose classic anguished-strangers-bare-their-souls premise receives sturdy support from Stacie Barra as a tightly wound professor on the run from a tepid marriage and Timothy Amos as the soused guy who loosens her emotional corset. I'd like to have seen Barra and Amos tackle Strangers as well. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15, $10 students and seniors

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