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Claire Demos

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 15 2017
Price: $10, all shows are listed as sold out so call ahead
A gay man is subjected to conversion therapy a la A Clockwork Orange. A hetero woman confronts the superficially nice guy who pussy-grabbed her when they dated. A cheery millennial offers absurd tips on how to "beat" Trump-style authoritarianism. The Gift Theatre celebrates itself each year with an evening of ten short new works contributed by members and friends; this time around most of the selections deal in blue-state anxieties. Pretty glum, all in all, though a few moments may make you put off killing yourself. The piece about the gay man, Jose Nataras's Warrior, does a neat job of manipulating our sense of the main character, well played by Daniel Kyri. Gift's resident improv company, Natural Gas, went off on clever tangents when I attended. And then there's Will Eno's Arrangement for Red Bicycle and No Piano, which slides past the dystopian hysterics, dark certainties, and self-righteous indignation to get to the human heart of things. Correctly saved for last, Eno's brilliant little conceit demonstrates what an authentic theatrical imagination can do. —Tony Adler



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