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BOTC: Femme Fatale 

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The "plot" sounds like a drag cabaret act: seven of filmdom's most outrageous ladies--including Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Liza Minnelli--meet in limbo and for some reason decide to act out scenes from well-known movies and musicals. But here the women are played by women. And not very well. Ann Sonneville's sexy, bitchy Elizabeth Taylor is the exception: she does a marvelous impersonation of Taylor as Martha imitating Davis in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And the musical numbers lifted from Bob Fosse's movie Cabaret are good. But most of the time this Bruised Orange Theater Company production struggles to keep from collapsing into the sort of self-indulgent evening some might remember from high school drama-club parties. Through 1/28: Sat 10:30 PM, Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 773-329-1088, $15, $10 with admission to The Misanthrope (see separate listing) the same night.

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