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Burn This

Where: Swedenborg Hall, 1531 Tyler Avenue, San Diego

Cost: $10 - $22

Age limit: Not available

Ongoing: until Saturday, August 31, 2013

Different Stages, which began in 2011, took the name because the company performs at different venues. Their current offering, Lanford Wilson's comedy-drama, is a big tough play for any group. The choice shows ambition, though the results are mixed. When the play begins, Pale, Anna, Larry, and Burton have been locked in stasis. The sudden death of a roommate kick-starts them back into life. The production has one of the best fight scenes in some time (unlike most we see, Michael Nieto's work doesn't look choreographed), but the scenes vary in quality; most are too slow and the actors often verge on mumbling. Anna could use more spontaneity, though this is one of Melissa Coleman-Reed's finest efforts. Credit as well to Mark Robertson's set: an NYC loft that looks like the genuine article.

Recurring dates & times

  • Friday 8 p.m.
  • Saturday 8 p.m.

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