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The Doll's House Project The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 8 2014

Calamity West's crafty, malevolent new drama retains only the essential elements of Ibsen's 1879 classic. Domineering husband Torvald; his kept wife, Nora; her blackmailing friend Christine; and her pathologically doting doctor inhabit Torvald's pressure-cooker living room. But this time the Berlin wall crumbles while ugly secrets squirm into the open. True to form, West winds the action so tightly it seems there's hardly enough oxygen for the characters to survive more than a few minutes. Yet director James Yost's world premiere for Interrobang Theatre Project is fatally lax—the life-destroying stakes just behind the pleasant smiles never feel palpable. West still has some work to do too: the play stops building just past the halfway point, and the climactic revelations are more puzzling than powerful. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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