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The Sand Castle Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 8 2009

This rare revival of Lanford Wilson's 1965 one-act has the feel of an agreeably lazy afternoon with a better-than-average short story from The New Yorker. The ingredients--a vaguely bohemian family on the verge of emotional collapse, repressed (or regretted) sexual impulses, a rather large metaphor in the form of collapsing cliffs near said family's scruffy beachfront home in southern California--have an easy familiarity to them. Wilson's self-conscious stabs at metatheatricality in the form of direct addresses to the audience don't derail the wistful charms of Brian Golden's likable Theatre Seven of Chicago production. The play's not a lost masterpiece, but it's not a waste of time, either, and each actor delivers at least one finely tuned moment of touching vulnerability. --Kerry Reid

Price: $14-$18