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Tyrant Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 29 2014

Playwright and codirector Kathleen Akerley's dystopic vision gives us a not-too-distant America in which a congressional act requires that all homeless persons be sent to "rectification centers," where they're trained in various skills before being sent off to service the wealthy. Within this world, we find one "padre" (as the hosts are called), Martin (the slick, creepy Matt Fletcher), and his "rectifies," Leon (Andy Lutz) and Regina (Clare O’Connor); he asks them to call him by his name, wishing to treat them kindly as they give him his daily massages. Hoping for insight into his visions, he later hires a therapist, also a rectify; act two has her leading him to some awful realizations about the psychodynamics of servitude. Some permutations of plot here seem needlessly byzantine, and as a result the world of the play isn't as coherent as it wants to be. Still, this Sideshow Theatre production is sharp and revelatory, and the five actors are at the top of their game. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $20-$25

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