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Brook Celeste and Zoe Pike

Jeffrey Bivens

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016
Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance
Sue Cargill’s elusive new play opens with Clothilde (who’ll end up earning the show’s title) remembering a stern, sexy Jesus appearing on the beach under a “police lamp sun.” The two joined hands, built “sand whores,” and threw smooth stones at them. Any three-minute section from Cargill’s ensuing two-plus hours holds this sort of evocative, pertinacious fancy, often infused with addled religiosity. It’s a literary marvel, but theatrically it struggles to find its bearings; the uniform density and rhythm of her language inhibits forward motion, a problem enhanced by this overly deliberate Curious Theater Branch premiere. Director Stefan Brün wisely imbues the potentially whimsical plot—Clothilde’s pathological jealousy of twin sister Flavia leads her to absurd extremes—with honest emotions, giving the production unlikely gravity. —Justin Hayford



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