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Breed With Me Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 13 2010

The dame at the center of this sci-fi noir from the Mammals (remounting their 2003 hit) isn't so much a femme fatale as a femme grotesque--a writhing, otherworldly creature with mating habits similar to those of a black widow spider. Her prey: an anxious photographer on the lam after an indiscretion with a teenage girl. Writer-director Bob Fisher sets the action in a nightmare landscape composed of shadows and inhabited by ghosts, inducing a case of the willies with creepy voice-overs, murky lighting, and, from the strong cast, a stylized, unpredictable, sitting-on-a-powder-keg quality. The result is weird, unsettling, and deeply compelling, with flashes of humor and insight. Made up to resemble Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard, Sara Gorsky contributes a fascinating, frightening performance as the deadly female. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15 suggested donation


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