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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 28 2010

Part identity-politics polemic, part police procedural, Andrew Case's script feels like an early draft of The Wire. Case, who spent eight years working on police misconduct cases in New York, knows his cops--as does director Sharon Evans, who's worked with the Chicago Police Department on teen outreach programs. When officers shoot an unarmed autistic black teen, getting the real story proves difficult for an Iranian-American civil investigator and a grizzled reporter. They're stonewalled by a black cop who may've posted threatening statements about the investigator on an Internet police "rant" board. Case's script feels self-consciously topical at times, but Evans's pointed staging and the heartfelt performances (particularly Shariba Rivers's as the grieving mother) offer a peek into a world where calcified personal convictions trump ethics. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$22 (previews $5)

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