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

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 17 2011

Paul Cosca wrote, directs, and stars in this new drama--and comes up short on all three fronts. His cluttered Brikenbrak Theatre Project production limps through unnecessarily complicated set changes. His merely adequate acting pales beside his supporting cast's thoughtful, nuanced performances. And his psychologically intricate story, about a soul-sick high-school English teacher stumbling into a dalliance with his 15-year-old student, completely derails in its final few scenes. Still, Cosca writes taut, efficient dialogue, supercharging simple exchanges with potent subtext and turning a potentially schematic dilemma into a compelling moral quagmire. If he focuses on his writing, Cosca may soon be a force to be reckoned with. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10

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