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The Argument The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 5 2011

Gregory Moss seems to favor the poetic whimsy so popular with academic playwriting programs these days. He used the style to charming effect in Punkplay, his piece about adolescent confusion, staged in Chicago by Pavement Group last year. Here, he applies it to a fantasy inspired by Hurricane Katrina, and the results are problematic. When 19-year-old orphan twins Ana and Mia are swept up in a flood, Ana drowns; an unhinged Mia recovers the body and sets off with it, thinking she'll give her dead sister the experiences she never had in life. There are effective passages of horror (a brothel for necrophiliacs) and sweetness (a romantic date with an attractive cadaver) along the way, but Moss's tone comes off seeming coy in the face of cataclysm. His ending, which appears to take a page from Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice, sounds better than it means. Directed by Jeffry Stanton, this 50-minute Interrobang Theatre production works pretty much like the script: moments of power, stretches of sketchiness. --Tony Adler

Price: $20-$25

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