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Cameron Pfiffner

Johnny Knight

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2016
Price: $42-$48
Gustav Klimt, the revered and reviled Austrian Secessionist, welcomes a wealthy bride-to-be into his studio, where she’s auditioning him for her marriage portrait. She’s invisible, as per the dreadful convention of so many one-person shows, so Klimt, played by jovial, inquisitive Cameron Pfiffner, talks to the air for 80 minutes about anything that passes through his mind: he believes in free love, he thinks critics don’t understand his work, he likes Jews, he has many cats. Occasionally the lights get moody, he faces a different direction, and he starts reciting letters about a failing love affair. Nothing comes to much of a head, and while Pfiffner is an engaging performer, playwright-director Susan Padveen rarely moves his monologue beyond the grandly bland. —Justin Hayford

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