Tug of War Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through June 14 2015

Work, war, and immigration are the unifying themes for this hour-long program of one-act plays by Filipino-American company Circa Pintig. The four playwrights draw on interviews with refugees and soldiers, most from the U.S. invasion of Iraq, to create parables both true and fictional, though you'd be hard put to spot the difference. Nevertheless, in Aaron Mays's production, any meaningful or revealing connections are obscured by abstract movement, cryptic poetry, and stilted, often didactic monologues. It's a picture that never comes together as a whole, but a remount of Lorely Trinidad-Ontal's Caregiver, about a Filipino hospice nurse spreading herself too thin, comes closest to being a social-issue conversation starter. —Dan Jakes

Price: $12, $10 students and seniors

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