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When: Mondays. Continues through Jan. 28 2013
Price: $22
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Scenic designer John Wilson supplies an effective setting for this production of Samuel Beckett's existential Laurel and Hardy routine. To the requisite bare tree and stretch of road he's added a backdrop suggesting a charred landscape under an endless gray sky. It's about the only thing that works in Bob Fisher's staging for the Mammals. Whereas Beckett excelled at paring things down, Fisher shows little restraint. In fact, the predominant mood here is hysteria--found not only in the caffeinated exchanges between Justin Warren and Sean Ewert as bums Gogo and Didi, but also and especially in Gabe Garza's grandstanding take on the lordly Pozzo, whom he plays as a flamboyant buffoon with a silly French accent. By emphasizing comedy above all else, Fisher buries Beckett under a mountain of shtick. --Zac Thompson

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