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The Citizens Anthology Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 15 2015

Reviewing the Inconvenience's annual variety show last summer, I complained about the "reductive familiarity" of its politics: So many acts spouting the passionate but pat rhetoric of the indignant Left. The company's latest—a collection of six one-acts on the theme of civic duty—offers some more of the same. Performers whine about saving the world with their art in Andrew Hinderaker's wan The World Spins Still. Kristiana Rae Colón's White Noise sets the dialectical bar ridiculously low, portraying a confrontation between a white girl and her black neighbors that only stops when they team up to humble a stereotypically brutish white guy. Things get better, though. Bilal Dardai's satire on the Orwellian uses of satire, The Needle and the Thread, might be something when it finds its comic heart. And the two final plays—Caitlin Parrish's In Person and Ike Holter's Victory—afford the luxury of characters and situations that don't feel ideologically preordained. —Tony Adler

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