Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

'Shadow Box' has superb set, fine acting.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: Ann L. Ryan For the Journal


The Adobe Theater's choice of Michael Cristofer's "The Shadow Box" is an interesting one as a post-holiday production.

On the one hand, it's about terminal patients and the wintry, bleak moments they and their friends and family must endure; on the other hand, as the days lengthen and new roots stir under the earth, it's about death as a rebirth, a beginning, as well as an ending.

It's a trilogy, with three stories in three cottages on the grounds of a "large hospital in (pre-AIDS) 1977."

The first cottage houses Joe (Tom Monahan), who is dying; his wife, Maggie (Erin Moody); and their son Stephen (Simon Blair), who hasen't been told that his father is dying. …

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