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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 15 2010

After a couple decades of Rush Limbaugh, Howard Stern, and Mancow Muller, Eric Bogosian's 1987 play about mouthy, egomaniacal shock jock Barry Champlain feels positively quaint. Champlain offers knee-jerk insults and squishy cultural commentary on his Cleveland call-in program, then frets about selling out as his producer plans to take his program national. The show needs a dynamo lead to draw our attention away from the script's inadequacies, but Nathan Randall hasn't made emotional or psychological sense of Champlain. Ross Matsuda's attempts to goose up his State Theatre production--callers Skype in despite the script's overt late-1980s references and eventually join Champlain semi-invisibly on stage--add more confusion than clarity. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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