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White Tie Ball The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 13 2013

Mentored by the governor's chief of staff, an idealistic young whiz of a lawyer becomes the first Latino to serve as prosecutor in Arizona's Pima County. Statewide office is his for the asking, assuming he makes the right moves. Thing is, the whiz—Edward Moreno—has this ex-con little brother, Beto, who keeps reminding him of the messy, impoverished world he comes from. With its political strategizing, legal maneuvering, family infighting, and prison visits, Martin Zimmerman's new drama has the makings of a decent cable series. And in Edward Torres's assured production for Teatro Vista, it plays like one, too. But Zimmerman's plotting is forced: Edward agonizes over false choices, suffers contrived ethical crises brought on by people he should be able to outthink. If you can ignore all that, the compensations include kick-ass performances by Nate Santana as Beto and Marvin Quijada as a gang member. —Tony Adler

Price: $25-$30

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