The Artist Needs a Wife Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2010

Jesse Weaver's sometimes hilarious, sometimes repugnant symphony of squalor hits the same notes over and over again, but a quartet of gutsy actors under Carolyn Klein's direction tears into the histrionics with gusto. Freud and Mott, the Pinterian duo at the heart of the play, share a filthy apartment (nicely rendered by William Anderson) where Freud (John Ferrick) has been working on the same portrait of Whore (Allison Cain) for an uncertain number of years, time being fungible in Weaver's world. Things turn ugly--or uglier--when Freud, in need of a new muse, steals Mott's money to buy the Eastern European mail-order bride Mott (Christopher Hainsworth) wants for himself. The dialogue is often sharp, but the message--artists steal and destroy in the name of creation--gets pulverized by the end. --Kerry Reid

Price: $12-$18

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