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The Hecubae The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2009

The road to bad theater is paved with good intentions. Take Jeffrey Bouthiette and Rebekah Walendzak's relentless and depressing adaptation of Euripides's tragedy about the victorious Greeks' brutal treatment of female survivors of the Trojan War. Bouthiette and Walendzak clearly hoped to do a good thing, using the ancient tale to make us aware of the mistreatment of women in contemporary refugee camps. But this ham-fisted production blunts its source material without adding much to our understanding of the challenges "internally displaced persons" face. It doesn't help that Bouthiette and Walendzak's message never progresses beyond the observation that life is hard in a refugee camp. The production, directed by Bouthiette, is further hobbled by confusing staging, poor pacing, and performances that range from merely awkward to laughably melodramatic. --Jack Helbig

Price: $7.50-$10

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