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

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 4 2011

Naomi Wallace's 1999 tale of poverty and passion in Depression-era rural America is light on action, heavy on imagery. Teens Dalton Chance and Pace Creagan plan to race a train across a trestle, and, as we're told from the get-go, it doesn't end well. That's about all you get in the way of plot. The rest of the play is filled with lyrical goings-on, most of them ham-fisted and overwritten, featuring lots of artful talk about touch and glass and trains. Now and then, though, Wallace offers an aching (and usually wordless) evocation of young love, as when Pace kisses the backs of Dalton's knees. Jonathan Berry's staging feels poetic without getting precious or overwrought. —Zac Thompson

Price: $28, $18 for previews

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