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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 13 2014

"It's basically Orange Is the New Black with drag queens and musical numbers," says director AJ Wright. Given that pitch, what living, breathing person could ignore the raucous den of iniquity that is Caged Dames, Hell in a Handbag Productions' musical about the lesbian love and zingy box jokes that inevitably run wild in a women's prison? Revived from its 2006 version, the new Dames has more songs by show creator David Cerda, plus snazzy production values and miked queens (would that Crazy Eyes were so lucky). Props to both Elizabeth Morgan as Mary and Cerda as the prison warden, but Christea Parent's Schnitzy takes the cake with her solo, which contains the delicate line "Can you not see the Nazi in me?" It's all the sass of good drag with twice the singing. —Chloe Riley

Price: $18-$37


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