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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 14 2018

Akvavit Theatre stages the U.S. premiere of Astrid Saalbach’s Danish comedy, translated by Michael Evans and directed by Breahan Pautsch. Set in a hair salon, the caustic black comedy has a capable cast of five playing 28 characters, including the regular stylists (Kristin Franklin’s emotive and cheeky Mette stands out), customers of all ages and neuroses, and one mysterious stranger who propels the drama. Studying our concept of femininity seems to be the goal throughout the entire one-act, which sets the superficiality of a salon against larger life-cycle issues like weddings, children, and sexual dysfunction (heads-up on some explicit scenes and language here). With minimal plot and elements magical realism, this a tough one to digest for those used to linear storytelling. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $25, $15 industry, students, and seniors

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