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The Gog/Magog Project The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Mondays-Wednesdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 15 2012

In this spoof of extreme performance art (think Linda Montano and Tehching Hsieh, who spent a year tied together with an eight-foot rope), playwright Jason Lindner follows a project gone "askew." Michael Salinas's Alexander Gog rants about Big Pharma and the sad state of contemporary theater—filled as it is with "sugar-fueled comedies where Jews shout or Protestants and Catholics try to outpuke each other"—while confined in an onstage chicken-wire cage. When he dons a pair of glasses with Slinky-toy eyeballs and ruminates on his endless dark night of the soul, the piece becomes an entrancing mix of Sarah Kane and Ernie Kovacs. But Salinas's pitch-perfect performance can't quite overcome some of the more self-indulgent stretches in Lindner's script. —Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$15

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