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Aurora Adachi-Winter and Caroline Chu

Ian McLaren

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 26 2017
Price: $20
First Floor Theater director Hutch Pimentel craftily combines absurdity, menace, and fervor in Jiehae Park's bracing 2015 one-act about M and L, stone-faced teenage Asian-American twins who'll stop at nothing to get into an esteemed college. As the sisters scheme to eliminate D, a selfless, self-loathing fellow student who’s secured the one "ethnic" early admission spot (he’s one-sixteenth Native American), Pimentel's fleet, unflappable cast render Park's staccato dialogue simultaneously ridiculous and chilling. Played out on William Boles and Arnel Sancianco's creepily spartan set (part locker room, part dance club, part surgical theater), the action proceeds with nightmarish inevitability and cartoonish glee. While Park's plotting falters in the climax, Pimentel never lets the tension sag—he even mines multiple Macbeth allusions without forcing his hand. —Justin Hayford



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