The Metal Children Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 8 2011

Tobin Falmouth never meant to be an author of young adult novels, but that's what he is. He's also, unintentionally, a divorced, alcoholic shlub. But his oddest accidental identity is that of cult figure. Falmouth wrote a novel called The Metal Children, about teenage girls who get pregnant, disappear, and are mysteriously commemorated with bronze statues. The heroine of the book gives herself an abortion with a six-inch, serrated hunting knife. Now folks in the little midwestern town of Midlothia are at war over The Metal Children: some want it banned, others defend it, and--in a twist reminiscent of the Ellen Jamesians, from The World According to Garp--a bunch of local high school girls have made it their raison d'etre. Adam Rapp's strange, messy, compelling play gets a smart production under Joanie Schultz's direction, chock full of extraordinary performances. --Tony Adler

Price: $25-$40

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