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Jennifer Engstrom, Mierka Girten, and Lance Baker

Jennifer Engstrom, Mierka Girten, and Lance Baker

Michael Brosilow

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 28 2016
Price: $30-$35
You've probably never heard of this 1966 Tennessee Williams one-act, but you're sure to recognize it all the same. Set in late-1940s New Orleans, just a streetcar ride from Stella and Stanley's tenement, it's sown with familiar Williams types: lowlifes, sailors, and damaged, desperate women of a certain age. Trinket and Celeste both come from money, and both have fallen very far—Celeste because of her alcoholism, Trinket due to a disfiguring surgery. They were friends until Celeste made a characteristically clumsy attempt to leverage the secret of Trinket's "mutilation." Now each has arrived at her dark Christmas Eve of the soul. Williams treats the pair with a brutal grace. Dado's staging couches them in a kind of Brechtian surrealism full of strange, comic sights. Jennifer Engstrom's brassy Celeste and Mierka Girten's defensively demure Trinket make them heartbreaking. —Tony Adler

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