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click to enlarge Carin Silkaitis

Carin Silkaitis

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 9 2016
Price: $42-$48
Sarah Myers's one-woman show follows a woman (Carin Silkaitis) struggling with the trap of heterosexuality; when, after an affair with a woman, she finds herself in a comfortable second marriage with a man, she’s ashamed at embracing "the dominant paradigm." Myers offers a smart exploration of the ways religion, family, and culture offer mixed messages about love and longing, connecting the Jewish concept of bashert (a predestined spouse or soul mate) and the story of Elijah (a story of anticipation and longing for a man who may or may not arrive) with ideas from Darwin, Kabbalah, infant attachment theory, and more. These layers are fascinating, though the production itself could be less didactic and more dramatic. Silkatis has the charm to pull off a solo show, no mean feat, but the whole thing felt overstated, somewhere between lecture and stand-up while not quite either. —Suzanne Scanlon

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