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The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: April 1-25 2010

This 1998 drama by Kentucky-bred playwright Naomi Wallace evokes the work of Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and William Faulkner, exploring dark corners of longing, hopelessness, and sexual confusion. Set in the Depression-era south, it focuses on the relationship between 15-year-old Dalton Chance and the girl Dalton is ultimately accused of murdering, 17-year-old Pace Creagan. The teenagers' twisted feelings for each other evolve in the context of a dangerous game Pace dares Dalton to play--a race across a railroad trestle in the face of an oncoming train. With its fitful pacing, the 20% Theatre Company's minimalist production fails to build the dramatic momentum needed to offset Wallace's fragmented narrative. But scene-to-scene, the acting is excellent, and, despite its flaws, the play has a perverse, lingering power. --Albert Williams

Price: $10-$12

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