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click to enlarge Amelia Bethel and Lady Grace Murphy

Amelia Bethel and Lady Grace Murphy

Mindy Gribble

When: Saturdays. Continues through April 22 2017
Price: $10
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Midway through Drinking & Writing Theater’s hour-long two-woman show, pictures of nine murdered transgender women appear on video screens while performers Amelia Bethel and Lady Grace Murphy recite their names and offer them a toast. This one-minute ritual is one of the few focused, theatrically effective moments in an otherwise scattershot piece. Bethel and Murphy begin by saying they want to talk about “what it means to be a 21st-century woman,” but it’s difficult to piece together a meaningful portrait given the range of issues they skate over, from sexual experimentation at teen sleepovers to the American court system’s unwillingness to take sexual assault seriously to the frustrations of planning a wedding. By bringing up anything, they develop almost nothing. Tellingly, the murdered transgender women are entirely forgotten after their minute in the spotlight. —Justin Hayford

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