Ten Closing (Theater and Galleries) Free Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 15 2012

The Gift Theatre is celebrating its tenth anniversary by giving a gift: a free evening of ten short pieces created by friends and members of the ensemble. The list of contributors includes heavy-hitting playwrights David Rabe, Eric Bogosian, and Craig Wright, as well as significant up-and-comers like Caitlin Montanye Parrish (whose A Twist of Water was a big 2011 hit for Chicago's Route 66 Theatre Company) and Andrew Hinderaker (whose Suicide, Incorporated has gone from the Gift to New York's Roundabout Theatre). Though they're all worth seeing, the only play that seems truly complete in its brevity is J.T. Rogers's Seven Lies—a monologue, brilliantly performed by Guy Massey, about the seductiveness of Mormon certainty. The sentimental favorite here isn't a play at all, however, but a memoir by company member Maggie Andersen, chronicling the founding of the Gift. Performed by four of the people chronicled, Andersen's text supplies a tender grace note. —Tony Adler

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