The (Edward) Hopper Project Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 21 2010

WNEP Theater's ensemble-created work--conceived by Jen Ellison and directed by Don Hall--draws its inspiration from the paintings of Edward Hopper, whose moody canvases depict the urban landscape of mid-20th-century America. In vignettes that unfold between dawn and midnight on a street in 1950s Brooklyn, the visually ingenious production employs a two-level set (designed by Heath Hays and beautifully lit by Mike Durst) to bring to life the locations and people portrayed by Hopper in such paintings as Nighthawks, New York Movie, and New York Office. Perfectly complemented by the ineffably cool music of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, some scenes are inventively whimsical, including a charming series of silent bits chronicling the efforts of a man and a woman to connect after glimpsing each other through a restaurant window. But many are maudlin and contrived, at odds with the sense of understated ambiguity that makes Hopper's work unique. --Albert Williams

Price: $15-$20

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