Shadowboxing: This visceral confessional from former welterweight division boxer-turned-actor Grant Kramer is a wry, kinetic tour de force and a moving parable about manhood itself. "Shadowboxing" jabs and feints across one corner of an iconic ring, with regulation ropes and two contrasting punching bags. Kramer, the youngest of five boys born to paternal abuse and the mean Pittsburgh streets, imbues his saga of prizefighting with exceptional courage, awesome physicality, ripe humor and liquid emotional response. Spectators with father issues should bring Kleenex.
-- David C. Nichols
Ends Friday at the Court Theatre, 722 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood. (323) 692-0010.