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Malic White

Malic White

Joe Mazza

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 12 2016
Price: $10-$20
The "Pop" refers to Iggy, the "Waits" to Tom, and the two names together suggest the dynamic between Malic White's Stooge energy and Molly Brennan's Waitsian brooding. But this 90-minute performance piece is about more than musical preferences. White and Brennan use the title personas as a way of exploring their own, very complicated identities. It's all fun, games, and a sharp three-piece backup band for a while. Brennan and White are both fine physical artists with great comic timing and an uncommon sweetness. The energy dissipates, though, when the pair turn confessional. As canny as they are about the nature of artifice, as brave as they are in attempting to dispense with it, they come up against a basic fact: suffering without art is just suffering. —Tony Adler

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