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Beast Women 2007 

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Clove Productions revives a concept originated by the defunct Great Beast Theater. This 70-minute variety show with a rotating repertory of performers has an amateur-hour feel--both its downfall and saving grace. On opening night the level of talent varied wildly, and poor acoustics and no amplification hampered a few acts. But some of the missteps were charming: J.T. Newman's bra landed in the light rigging, enhancing her dippy-stripper persona, and singer Maxi-Madelynn Wood dealt courageously with a skipping CD, bonding with the audience as she snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. But best was the Bella Feugas' skilled belly dance with hula hoops, played straight. It met the two demands reportedly placed on the Beast Women: be original and be bold. --Laura Molzahn a Through 9/22: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Peter Jones Gallery, 1806 W. Cuyler, 773-914-3330, $17, $15 in advance.

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