Touch Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wed., Jan. 7 and Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 14 2009

When a young astronomer's beloved wife suddenly disappears, the stages of his grief include ignoring his baffled friends and spending a lot of time with a prostitute who looks like her. Playwright Toni Press-Coffman sets up some potentially rich contrasts (the immensities of space vs. close physical contact, rationalism vs. the spirit) but her method of storytelling--heavy on past-tense, first-person narration, and light on action--lacks urgency. The result is an intelligent but flaccid drama. Jessica Hutchinson's production for New Leaf Theatre improves on the script considerably, making excellent use of light and shadow (another of the script's contrasts) and featuring sensitive, detailed performances from its cast of four. --Zac Thompson

Price: $12-$18

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