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The Real Thing Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 4 2011

Henry is an English playwright who corrects people's grammar, critiques their rhetoric, and offers them multiple alternatives when they seem stuck for a phrase. As insufferable as that sounds, he's no prig. He's just exceptionally erudite and really, really, really good with words. Far too good, in fact. In Tom Stoppard's 1982 play, Henry has to learn the difference between craft and life. Stoppard may be the only living playwright capable of creating a Henry, and his work here is very often dazzling. Michael Halberstam's staging, too--very often dazzling. And yet there are odd holes in both the script and the production. Sean Fortunato's Henry, in particular, helps sustain an entertaining evening, but he's not believable in certain crucial moments when it really matters. --Tony Adler

Price: $45-$65

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