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The Near Future The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 24 2018

Julia Williams is a fine actor whose performances I’ve admired for some time in plays that are wildly beneath her talents. Now she’s written and directed a show for Rhinofest which is wildly beneath even those plays. In the future, I guess, people have mechanical doubles, more attractive versions of themselves. The scenes that ensue based on that concept are a ramshackle hour of forlorn yammering. They include long sidebars on fish, flesh, and typewriters. There’s one good tape recorder scene with Brook Celeste, invoking Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape. Celeste sits at the machine and listens to Williams’ own droll voice giggle, “It’s all closing in isn’t it? Ha-ha!” Williams at least feels the spirit and the intention of the thing. Briefly, so do we. But either Williams wasn’t able to instill this in her cast, or there was nothing to instill. —Max Maller

Price: $15 or pay what you can at the door, $12 in advance


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