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The Receptionist Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 19 2012

Maria Irene Fornes's plays find malevolence in the everyday. So do Franz Kafka's stories. But they do it by giving the everyday an aura of the surreal. In Adam Bock's brief 2007 play, the everyday is mighty damn everyday. We spend nearly the whole 75 minutes in the nondescript reception area of the "northeast office." What sort of business is done there we don't know at first, but it's not presented as a mystery—and given the amount of time receptionist Beverly spends taking personal calls and gossiping about men with her emotionally fragile colleague Lorraine, it doesn't seem to matter much. Then we arrive at that what-did-he-just-say moment when we realize where we are and what's really been going on. As directed by Joanie Schultz and well acted by Cheryl Roy, Caroline Neff, Peter Moore, and Peter Esposito, The Receptionist is an amusing office comedy, until it's not. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$22


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