Two Story Animal Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2010

Beau O'Reilly is at once RhinoFest's eminence grise and the master of its revels, its satyr and elder statesman—and this show reflects his peculiar double status. In the first half, he tells an autobiographical tale called “Keith and Anna and Boriley,” chronicling the destructive, booze-and-drugs-stoked relationship among the title characters: a high-idling would-be musician, a beautiful teenaged alcoholic, and O’Reilly at what appears to have been a particularly lost phase in his life. Written about 25 years ago, when O’Reilly says the events in the story took place, the text falls too easily at times into the anachronistic beat tropes of which O’Reilly is a little too fond. But it also offers a beautiful simplicity and a mood of dry, unsentimental rue. O’Reilly’s gray-headed presence adds gravity: he survived to tell the tale. The second half is given over to other performers. On the day I was there, tenderhearted curmudgeon Barrie Cole told three stories. The other guests are Vickie Walden and Jeff Flodin (1/30-1/31), Cecilie O’Reilly (2/6-2/7), and Theater Oobleck’s David Isaacson (2/13-2/14). —Tony Adler

Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door

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