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click to enlarge James Doherty and Kiayla Ryann

James Doherty and Kiayla Ryann

Lee Miller

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 27 2017
Price: $25-$35
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In the aftermath of trauma, especially one you might have caused, you’re likely to feel anxious, fearful, vulnerable, and debilitatingly guilty. This isn’t news, and it’s not much to hang a play on. But in the few moments when playwright Lauren Yee lets her protagonist, college freshman Lexi, live through quotidian moments after her childhood friend’s violent death, she at least portrays obvious truths convincingly. Most of the time, however, she feeds Lexi through an elaborate slasher film parody, creating murky allegorical overkill. It’s all quite entertaining, especially in director Vanessa Stalling’s crafty, well-paced production. But if Yee had half as much interest in creating meaningful dramatic complications as she does in amusing an audience, she might have written something with real teeth. —Justin Hayford
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