Talk Kiss Blackout Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 27 2008

Two put-upon stagehands fall for each other while actors rehearse a kissing scene in this unformulated romantic comedy. Though playwright Josh Zagoren makes a few desultory gestures toward chaotic backstage farce on the order of Noises Off, he ultimately settles for characterizations based on stage stereotypes (fruity director, egotistical actors, supercilious producers) and plot mechanics that amount to stalling techniques (a ludicrous amount of time is wasted in persuading a professional actress to kiss her leading man). The cast's self-conscious mugging and slack timing only underscore these problems. The best thing that can be said about this Hobo Junction production is that it ends a mere 50 minutes after its inception. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15

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