Bordello Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 6 2011

It's customer appreciation night at the Pussy Willow Ranch and Spa, a legal brothel in the Nevada desert, and when the employees/merchandise aren't turning tricks they're squabbling, daydreaming, and monologizing in the break room. Playwright Aline Lathrop supplies a cross-section of sad women, including an Iraq war vet, an ex-junkie, a med-school dropout, a mom-to-be, an old-timer, a porn star, and a hayseed newbie whose Dogpatch twang is a bit much. It's interesting to see the day-to-day, humdrum side of a trade usually depicted in lurid hues. But Lathrop fails to avoid the hooker-with-a-heart-of-gold trope, and the plot is desultory at best. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$32

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