Street Scene Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mon., March 15, Tue., March 16 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2010

You've got to wonder why National Pastime Theater pulled Elmer Rice's infrequently staged realist classic out of mothballs, inasmuch as directors Laurence Bryan and Keely Haddad-Null don't seem to understand it. The script contains many interstitial moments when passersby cross in front of the dilapidated New York brownstone where Rice's tale of infidelity and murder unfolds. Rice's point was that the briefly glimpsed strangers are part of the emotional fabric of city life. But this production turns those glimpses into drawn-out expressionist clown shows. Accents are all over the map, but a handful of actors have their graceful moments--especially Melinda Ryba as Rose Maurrant, the brave daughter of a beaten-down mother and a brutish father. --Kerry Reid

Price: $15-$25

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