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Teen queen Sindee, a budding bulimic, fights dirty to reclaim her spot on the cheerleading squad in Sean Abley's long-running late night examination of the politics of popularity. When it was produced a year ago in the Factory Theatre's storefront space on Loyola, directed by Abley and Amy Seeley, Bitches proved itself a satire with resonance as well as camp comedy at its best. Remounted at the new Bailiwick Arts Center it has lost some of its intimacy but none of its bite or playfulness. The 150-seat main stage at Bailiwick is still a little ragged and sorely in need of sound baffling, but the shrillness of the excellent all-male drag ensemble as they attempt to fill the space only adds to the silliness. Keep an eye in particular on Jim Blanchette, luminous as the sweetly suffering mother of the nice girl in town. Luckily the entire original ensemble--insanely likable, even at their bitchiest--has been reassembled. 1229 W. Belmont, 883-1090. Through November 26. Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30. $15.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Roger Lewin-Jennifer Girard Studio.

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