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Sugarward Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10 2013

Sean Graney's new drama focuses on an obscure historical figure, Daniel Parke, who served as British governor of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies from 1706 until his assassination in 1710. In Graney's telling, Parke is an ambitious dandy who tries to stamp out corruption among the English sugar planters but becomes obsessed with power. Though Graney has a flair for witty dialogue, his clumsy compression of events in the confusing second act undermines the story and its moral. Directed by Geoff Button, the two-hander features excellent performances by John Henry Roberts as Parke and Joel Ewing as his three antagonists. —Albert Williams

Price: $10-$20

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