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Within Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 1 2011

Each of three one-acts gets its own room in the latest from Walkabout Theater. The plays—Dani Bryant's new Kitchen, Harold Pinter's The Lover, and Tango Palace by Maria Irene Fornes—grow progressively stranger. But what they share in common, aside from a domestic setting, is a focus on ritual. In Kitchen, Bryant herself plays a single woman whose daily food routine starts with a precisely apportioned breakfast, ends with midnight bingeing, and movingly conveys all her good intentions, longing, and desperation. Pinter and Fornes, on the other hand, invent cruel games involving sexual role-playing and metaphysical clowning. Walkabout's stagings of the Pinter and Fornes scripts are fitfully gripping, but only Bryant cuts to the quick. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15, $10 in advance

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