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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 20 2016

Heidi Schreck's bittersweet recession one-act is a fitting closer for Signal Ensemble Theatre, now dimming the lights for good after 13 seasons. An advertising firm in the throes of downsizing hires a woefully underqualified NYU student to bolster a hopeless designer's presentation skills before a sink-or-swim pitch meeting. The Pygmalion-like story line never makes any real sense, nor does the fatalistic, perpetually late, pants-pissing designer ever feel worthy of saving. It's the rest of the recession-era setting that redeems: as the office glue, Courtney Jones conveys the strange, dependent, contentious relationship employees have with their work environment, hated or not. Ronan Marra's production finds value and beauty in getting shitcanned, no matter how unceremoniously. Good-byes don't get more noble or touching than that. —Dan Jakes

Price: $23, $15 seniors

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