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I didn't expect a coherent plot or emotional development. But since the all-female Babes With Blades has devoted itself to stage combat for the last nine years, I did expect visceral excitement. I didn't get it. First, there wasn't much fighting (though there were piercing screams in abundance). Second, what there was of it was flat, unconvincing, and unimaginative. And the "interactive" gimmick--the audience makes suggestions at crucial points a la the "Choose Your Own Adventure" children's books--seemed bogus: no matter what we picked, we got silly stories that went nowhere. It also gave boorish audience members the opportunity to heckle the performers and make stupid remarks about whether the girl-on-girl action was hot or not. --Laura Molzahn a Through 12/17: Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Thu 11/30, 8 PM, Strawdog Theatre Company, 3829 N. Broadway, 773-275-0440, $12-$15, $20 Thu 11/30, includes refreshments.

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