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Design for Living Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 22 2015

Noël Coward’s 1933 comedy was pretty bold in its day. Depicting a love triangle involving painter Otto, playwright Leo, and their muse, Gilda, Coward allows some ambiguity about who exactly is sleeping with whom, resulting in what one disapproving character calls a "three-sided erotic hodgepodge." Derek Bertelsen’s high-spirited staging for Pride Films and Plays clears up some doubt on that score: Kevin Webb’s Leo and Matthew Gall’s Otto seem far more into one another than either is interested in Carmen Molina’s Gilda. The boys' discovery of this fact—revisionist though it may be—is fun to watch, especially given both actors' flair for articulate hysteria. Molina, however, often looks left out, which might be why she overcompensates with lots of smirking and goggling. —Zac Thompson

Price: $17-$27


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