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The Brothers Size Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2012

Tarell Alvin McCraney set his 2009 "Brother/Sister Plays" trilogy in the "distant present"—a phrase that neatly encapsulates the way it combines timeless Yoruba mythology with life on the Louisiana bayou circa now. Staged here as a stand-alone, this third centers on Oshoosi, a happy-go-lucky ex-con, and his straight-arrow brother, Ogun, who's determined to get Oshoosi back on the right track. It ends in heartbreak all around. Definition Theatre Company's debut effort suffers from some questionable directorial choices (Oshoosi's dangerous former cellmate is played by a woman for no good reason), and the performances could do with a little restraint, especially in the early going. Still, Julian Parker's alternately mischievous and vulnerable Oshoosi is awfully endearing. —Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$25

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