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Always Saturday Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 23 2013

Paranoid schlemiel Mike joins an inpatient experimental drug trial even though the pinup-attractive study director can't explain what her potion actually treats (schizophrenia? Bacterial infections? "Relationship depression"?). Mike's roommate for the trial, Speed-O, alternately lies inert or spins crazed zombie fantasies; girlfriend Steph is either an emotionally unstable hallucination or a staph-infected zombie—or both. In other hands, this fevered comedy would remain a lightweight goof. But New Orleans playwright RJ Tsarov ingeniously underdevelops every story line to put us in a creepily ill-defined maze of current hot-button neuroses. Shannon Evans's rampaging cast play the absurdity with hilarious, discomfiting mania. If it weren't for the do-nothing final scene and numerous, prolonged blackouts, this Prop Thtr show would be perfect. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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