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

When: July 19-Aug. 27 2011

Director Melissa Hawkins revealed profound emotional truths in part two of Theatre Y's Exiled Trilogy—an abstract, highly physical staging of Philip Ridley's Vincent River. Kevin Smith applies similar techniques to part three, Albert Camus's The Misunderstanding, but the results are nearly opaque. The boardinghouse where Camus's preternaturally cynical Martha and Mother murder the occasional tenant is represented here by an enormous, translucent tarp that renders the women's excruciatingly deliberate motions barely visible for two of the play's three acts. Their new tenant/victim, Mother's long-lost son Jan, is married to a woman who dresses up as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and dances to Katy Perry. Smith's idiosyncratic approach lacks visual interest and leaves the play's knotty familial relations undeveloped. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$20

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