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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 12 2013
Price: $20-$25
In Madame Irma's brothel, men pay to impersonate the pillars of patriarchy—generals, judges, and bishops—getting off on dominating the house whores as well as being dominated by them. Meanwhile a revolution blossoms in the streets, and an imperial government collapses. Jean Genet's ritual- and metaphor-heavy 1957 play is a tough nut to crack in even the most straightforward production. In director Max Truax's indeterminate staging, actors are stranded on a nearly blank stage where no discernible world—literal, figurative, or otherwise—ever emerges. With no markers to provide scale or direction, they're left to pace nervously for two hours, conjuring an unsettled swoon that spirals in on itself for two largely indecipherable hours. —Justin Hayford

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