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click to enlarge Taylor Blim and Tara Mallen in Grizzly Mama

Taylor Blim and Tara Mallen in Grizzly Mama

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 15 2016
Price: $22-$32
The middle-aged daughter of a famous feminist, Deb has decided to prove herself worthy of mom's legacy by assassinating Patti Turnbeck, an Alaska politician exactly like Sarah Palin. She therefore rents a house right next to Turnbeck's and makes it her war room. As staged by Megan Carney, the first act of George Brant's script is played for sitcom-style laughs. Tara Mallen's Deb is a dim-bulb sad sack who wrecks smartphones when she isn't screwing up a murder attempt. Her teen daughter, Hannah (Taylor Blim), texts so obsessively that she doesn't notice when Deb slips a gas mask over her face. The second act turns tragic, though, requiring Hannah in particular to exhibit characteristics that were never even hinted at earlier on. It doesn't work. The climax comes off as an absurd non sequitur. —Tony Adler



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