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A Woman's Path Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2012

This could be the last therapeutic weekend ever for A Woman's Path, a nearly bankrupt retreat run by repressed lesbian Iris McGovern, who uses canine-style clicker training to encourage participants to share their feelings. Not all of them are eager to oblige. Dark, brooding, and handless, Trista Falls is only there because of a court order. Compulsive liar Pamela Grunt just wants attention. And bird enthusiast/hoarder Myna Pips would prefer that no one touch her. Meanwhile, Sylvia Goldberg gets drunk and talks endlessly about her five kids, and Sheila Cankleton (tall, muscular John Loos, who also wrote the script) declares her love of making Christmas dolls. There's not much plot—Andy Eninger's staging relies instead on the charmingly weird characters. But the show supplies a good number of laughs, and in the end they do defeat Low-Self-Esteem Bear and keep the retreat from closing. —Julia Thiel

Price: $8-$10


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