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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 9 2017

There are no big surprises in Jessica Sherr's 60-minute solo, no novel insights. Yes, Bette Davis faced sexism in the movie industry. Yes, it was lonely at the top. Even if you didn't see Feud, the recent FX series about her war with Joan Crawford, you likely know already that Davis drank to excess, smoked like a chimney, had a sharp tongue, and earned two Oscars, arguably getting robbed of a third by Vivien Leigh and the 1939 Gone With the Wind juggernaut. The main appeal of Sissies (the title, by the way, isn't homophobic, just off point: it paraphrases Davis's comment that "old age ain't no place for sissies") is Sherr herself, whose Davis isn't quite like any you've seen, adding a bright comic energy to the usual semaphore gestures and wised-up locutions. Sherr is especially wild during a passage where Davis gets randy with Howard Hughes. —Tony Adler

Price: $24-$34

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