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Talk Radio Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 31 2009

Eric Bogosian's 1987 play has only one real role, but it's a juicy one. Late-night Cleveland shock jock Barry Champlain is sadistic, manipulative, insecure, self-destructive, isolated, and all too often right about the world. He should blow in with the force of a hurricane. But in the Gift Theatre's revival he's mostly just unpleasant. Ditto for his callers, no matter how bigoted or stupid. In Maureen Payne Hahner's competent production, Paul D'Addario is caustic and intense, but also disconcertingly analytical as Barry. He never feels like a threat, and as a result the play stalls, coming across as a dated commentary on late-80s American culture. It needs more of the lurching, crazy-ass energy Lucas Neff provides as Barry's goofball teenage fan and rival. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$25


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