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When: Mondays, Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 12 2015

Sex doesn't get more depraved than "bug chasing," the act of otherwise healthy individuals seeking out HIV infection for benefits, a sense of community, drug-fueled thrills, self-harm, or all of the above. Its real-world prevalence is questionable, but as this empathetic and twisted love story by J. Julian Christopher touches on, problematic changing attitudes about bareback sex in the era of preexposure prophylaxis are not. Hutch Pimentel's thought-provoking and confident production for First Floor Theater is directed and acted with the sort of brute force that can make the most jaded viewer squeamish, viscerally and intellectually. Enrapturing performances and production style help offset Christopher's blunt and motif-heavy writing (the bug chaser's name is Chance, for goodness's sake), which curiously errs on the side of tidy answers. —Dan Jakes

Price: $10-$20

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