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Jamie Shriner

Zeke Dolezalek

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2017
Price: $15
Jamie Shriner’s thought-provoking one-woman show, directed by Stefan Brün, is fertile ground for both actor and audience to work through the ways today’s climate is wearing on women’s gender expression and sexuality. While this is by no means new territory, the intimate, autobiographical lens through which Shriner explores these issues is captivating. Shriner is newly married at 25, but her husband lives in England and she’s craving physical contact in a way that society won’t let her admit. She calls the show an “act of protest” and it shows, but it’s still charming and relatable. Shriner’s ten original songs, from “F***boi” to “Love Myself,” are delivered with an arena-level belt and a witty sense of humor, which elicited slam poetry-style snaps from the audience on the night I attended. —Marissa Oberlander



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