The Carter Family Family Show Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 15 2013

Country music’s pioneering Carter Family is the subject of this interesting but slight offering from the Neo-Futurists. In three solo pieces, Chloe Johnston, Emmy Bean, and Joe Dempsey take turns introducing us to each of the band’s original members—restless AP; his wife, Sara; and sensible sister-in-law Maybelle. Relying mostly on third-person narration, the writer-performers cover the trio’s first recording session, Sara’s affair with one of AP’s cousins, and the band’s highly influential radio broadcasts during the 1930s. The show makes a strong case for the Carters’ talent and cultural significance, but its somber, reverent tone keeps them at a remove from us. A two-minute audio cameo by fast-living yodeler Jimmie Rodgers has more oomph than the show’s other 68 minutes combined. —Zac Thompson

Price: $12-$15

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