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Michal Janicki

No Matter How Hard We Try Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 25 2016
Price: $20-$25, two for one on Fridays
Extraordinary contemporary Polish playwright Dorota Masłowska’s id-driven cynicism fits comfortably on Trap Door’s stage (already host to three plays by unsavory Austrian nihilist Werner Schwab). Her coarse, desperate 2008 work focuses (in those rare moments when Masłowska stoops to focus) on three generations of unlikable, impoverished Polish women: hopeless Halina; her screechy mother, Gloomy Old Biddy; and her impudent daughter, Little Metal Girl. Into their empty lives burst a creepy film producer, a self-absorbed movie starlet, a brainless entertainment reporter, and a depressive socialite, who ignore the women entirely. Through 90 minutes of hallucinogenic mayhem, nicely corralled by director Max Truax, Masłowska ruminates on the post-World War II evisceration of a meaningful Polish identity. It’s hard to sit through—exactly as it should be. —Justin Hayford



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