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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 28 2015

Earth is under attack from an oddly specialized variety of alien that feeds on human memories, incidentally killing the humans. The invasion is going nicely everywhere but in a shed belonging to middle-aged Maggie. A memory eater has taken possession of Maggie's troubled teenage daughter, Cora, but can't seem to digest her; Maggie, meanwhile, fights back from the safety of a magic circle she's drawn with chalk and stocked with Pop Tarts. Walt McGough's new "sci-fi fable" recalls everything from Invasion of the Body Snatchers to The Devil and Daniel Webster. But fantasy thrills aren't the point. Neither is the obvious addiction metaphor. This 65-minute one-act is powered first and foremost by its fraught mother-daughter relationship. (Well, mother-daughter-alien.) Though the script falls into confusion at times, McGough generally makes smart use of his black-comic premise. So does director Megan A. Smith, whose Sideshow Theatre production features engagingly off-balance performances by Kathleen Akerley and Nina O'Keefe. —Tony Adler

Price: $20-$30


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