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The Philadelphia Story The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 5 2010

Philadelphia, 1939. The redoubts of beady-eyed tycoons are beset with the stirrings of rebellion. Well-laid are the wedding plans of haughty coal heiress Tracy Lord (Laura McClain), until on the scene arrive her dapper ex-husband Dexter (Kevin Anderson) and hard-bitten newsman Mike (Josh Hambrock) on secret assignment for a rag called Destiny. And do the comic twists turn. Fresh-faced Anderson channels the comic hero of Philip Barry's classic 1939 play with ease, and McClain steps into the role written for Katherine Hepburn with fitting poise and self-awareness. No wet-eared tyro, director Jim Schneider nonetheless stumbles with a rushed first act, and his supporting cast is uneven. --Keith Griffith

Price: $12-$20

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