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The Deer Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 11 2014

The second play in Brooke Allen's "Lost Sibling" trilogy focuses on Clara, a thirtysomething dead-ender, and Russ, her dead-end teenage brother, one of whom is killed in an automobile accident with a deer. Through oblique, elliptical scenes that bleed into one another (and sometimes wander into unnecessarily mystical territory), Allen skillfully depicts the destabilizing effects of grief. But it's a rather static depiction, moody rather than pregnant, looping when it might progress. Director Eric Hoff creates an aptly hallucinogenic atmosphere, and his cast deliver thoughtful, well-observed performances, with Bryan Bosque's gracefully ungrounded turn as Russ particularly effective. The play may linger all evening in familiar territory (and the twist ending raises more questions than it answers), but the many moments of unassuming pathos are wrenching. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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