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Martha Reddick, Michelle Annette, and Andy Blaustein

Martha Reddick, Michelle Annette, and Andy Blaustein

Courtesy Eclectic Full Contact Theatre

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 6 2016
Price: $27-$32, $17-$22 students and seniors
In Neil LaBute’s cruel and cunning take on Pygmalion, grad student Evelyn makes over dorky Adam as an art project, all the while letting him believe she’s falling for him. Director Katherine Siegel updates LaBute’s 2001 script for the Snapchat age in her staging for Eclectic Full Contact Theatre, which prominently features projections (designed by Patrick Iven) of the characters‘ social media profiles. This manages to connect the play’s point about the heartlessness of art for art’s sake with the way we habitually and sometimes recklessly exhibit ourselves online for the appraisal of others. Unfortunately, the effect is marred by one-note acting; Andy Blaustein’s Adam is unvaryingly dopey, while the lack of vulnerability in Michelle Annette’s Evelyn gives away the game from the start. —Zac Thompson



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