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Water by the Spoonful The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 6 2014

In the final moments of Water by the Spoonful, the 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Elliot, a veteran of the Iraq war, stands in a Puerto Rican rain forest. He's about to spread the ashes of his aunt, the woman who raised him after his crack-addicted mother surrendered custody. Then he gets a text message: Elliot's father has sold his house. Before you accuse me of being a spoiler, let me assure you that this moment, like so many others in Hudes's strangely ungrounded play, amounts to very little. Up to now Hudes has given Elliot's father's house barely a passing mention. She's given Elliot's father even less. And she's provided no information whatsoever about Elliot's relationship with his father. Yet when the text message arrives, Elliot (Edgar Miguel Sanchez) acts grievously injured, as though his father has committed a major act of betrayal. He's elated—redeemed, even—a few minutes later, when his cousin Yazmin (Yadira Correa), who's accompanied him to Puerto Rico, reveals she's bought the house. Continue reading >>

Price: $35-$65

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