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They Saved Hitler's Brain and Put It in Walt Disney 

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 23 2013
Price: $12
Billy Bermingham's latest play proves the truth of the old William Blake dictum "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." This wild, campy comedy is certainly excessive, packed with crazy plot twists, insane characters, vulgar language, cartoonish but graphic sex, and all manner of bodily substances (including, but not limited to, blood, urine, sperm, and human excrement). The story, involving Hitler's inner circle, a handful of Disney characters, and several members of the Bush administration, is breathtaking in its wide-ranging craziness. The ironic thing is that Bermingham's vulgarity, reminiscent at times of both Lenny Bruce and the National Lampoon in its prime, also seems to give him artistic space for pointed satire and some very brilliant comic moments. Not for the squeamish. —Jack Helbig


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