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Tennyson Spade The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 6 2012

In this one-act by Jessica Wright Buha, a "Tennyson spade" is a special lantern that can be used to lead the dead back to life. When a young woman gets her hands on one, she journeys to the underworld in hopes of retrieving her recently deceased sister. Along the way she encounters a cluster of female wraiths moaning scraps of mournful song and the shade of a lonesome coal miner pining for his mother. The mechanics of this afterlife don't feel fully worked out, and the abrupt, happy ending feels tacked on. But director Aileen McGroddy creates a haunting no-man's-land in her spare, dimly lit staging for the Whiskey Rebellion, at times poignantly evoking the comfortless desolation of grief. Part of Rhinofest. —Zac Thompson

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