The Private Lives of Eskimos (or 16 Words for Snow) Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 7 2009

Ken Urban invented the purported Eskimo words introducing each of the 16 scenes of his play, now getting its local premiere with the Mill Theatre. If only the scenes themselves were more inventive. Urban's portrait of a man grieving the death of his sister as he tries to recover his lost cell phone is darkly reminiscent of Sarah Ruhl's play Dead Man's Cell Phone, as well as the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind--and Tony Kushner did a better job with frozen landscapes as a metaphor for insanity in Angels in America. Jaclyn Biskup's staging is stylish and energetic, but the tragedy underpinning Urban's characters gets lost in pursuit of a rather shallow critique of contemporary communication and isolation. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20, industry shows Thu

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