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Extremities 

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As directed by Dori Robinson for the new Actors Revolution Theatre, William Mastrosimone's 1982 play is funny, smart, and horrifying, especially in the intimate confines of a small studio space where we're almost sitting beside the actors. On the surface the script is about a woman who bests her would-be rapist, played by Jared Martzell with a terrifying geniality and ordinariness. But the story is about much more than rape--it's about women's fears, the failures of the judicial system, and the justifiability of torture in extreme situations. Dana LaRue is extraordinary as the protagonist, Marjorie; anger, fear, and resolution battle in her face. We want her to win, but it's not clear what winning would be in her situation. Through 3/12: Thu-Sat 8:15 PM, Sun 2 PM, Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 773-531-9079, $12-$20.

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