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We're Gonna Be Okay The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 4 2018

Basil Kreimendahl’s broad 2017 comedy, set in adjoining suburban backyards during the Cuban missile crisis, mistakes easy criticism and unearned sentiment for social commentary. Act one is a static diorama of well-worn pre-women’s-liberation types: repressed wives, tentative teens, and domineering husbands, none more domineering than bloviating Efran, whose unchecked chauvinism marks him as Everything We Should Disagree With. In act two, everyone moves into a freshly constructed fallout shelter, where a series of excruciatingly private encounters (despite repeated insistences that the bunker affords no privacy) allow all but the heterosexual males to quickly and quirkily discover new, liberating, nonpatriarchal identities. As queered-up wish fulfillment—complete with gender-fluid casting—it’s amusing. But director Will Davis’s overamped production unwisely insists that a two-hour skit is visionary drama. —Justin Hayford

Price: $38

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