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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2012

A low-ranking soldier in an unnamed war, Stetko raped and murdered 23 women because "everyone was doing it." He's minutes away from execution when middle-aged Mejra shows up with a deal: she'll free him if he'll be her slave for life. Mejra takes Stetko to her middle-of-nowhere cabin where—rather than, say, decking her and taking off—he submits to her cranky whims. In fact, he ignores numerous opportunities for easy escape. Playwright Colleen Wagner disregards credibility in her 1995 allegorical play, a problem director Evan Jackson exacerbates with his inattentive staging for Idle Muse. Jackson keeps his two-person cast at an unvarying level of overwrought intensity for 90 minutes, as though Wagner's facile philosophical musings about war and human nature were written entirely in italics. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$20

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