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Sylvester The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 29 2017

Christina Calvit adapted this play from a frothy Regency romance novel of the same name by Georgette Heyer, with one significant departure: a large onstage apparatus built to resumble a life-size game of Chutes and Ladders with human pieces. The effect of Alan Donahue’s whimsical set, alongside other nods to games and toys, is to cast the the courtship of society novelist Phoebe Marlow (talented Samantha Newcomb) at the hands of rakish Sylvester, Duke of Salford (Andrés Enriquez), as a strange kind of game with odd rules and sudden twists. But with two hours and 20 minutes’ worth of Sylvester shunning Phoebe, then courting her again, then shunning her again, then courting her again, the initial charms of the conceit dull away fast. Dorothy Milne directs. —Max Maller

Price: $40

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