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Julia Williams

When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 10 2014
Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
The only problem I had with this Rhinoceros Theater Festival show was Anjelica Motes's The Only Problem, whose four parts are sandwiched in among six other short works written by Sue Cargill and Julia Williams. The Motes contribution comes across as coyly inscrutable--shards of monologue specially designed to defy lucidity. Consider it a small price to pay, though, for marvels like Cargill's Perhaps Being Too Uncomfortably Self-Deprecating While Eating Pretzels. A wry, hilarious discourse on being older, unattached, and female in the city, it culminates in a brilliant speech delivered by the most malign cat this side of The Master and Margarita. Danne Taylor has an equally successful black-comic turn as an existentially exhausted restaurateur in Williams's Chefs. And Brook Celeste is just plain (and also complicatedly) perfect in another Williams selection, Dummy, portraying a woman who's trying very, very hard to accommodate herself to the "potential of things to come to life when I'm not looking." —Tony Adler



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