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When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 14 2015

In Graham Brown’s imaginative new one-act, presented by the theater company Trip., we find ourselves at an unnamed corporation, scattered among the eight coworkers who toil there. From the minimal set—on one side a trapezoid of gray carpet with a solitary water cooler, the other a tinsel-trimmed triangle with a tree—we overhear Zen koans, hilariously aberrant self-destructive fantasies, and ballooning expressions of materialistically driven angst (the dialogue might sound a lot like sketch comedy, but it doubles as existential farce). The title refers to Dr. Ernest Gräfenberg, for whom the G-spot is named, but the disgruntled coworkers’ coital indiscretions make them more resemble desperate vagabonds rooting for radishes in a ditch. Indeed, the play’s a kind of sexed-up Waiting for Godot—two mail boys in particular remind us of Vladimir and Estragon. And while getting coworkers drunk at a holiday party is flaccid and overused as a theatrical device, making the Christmas tree symbolize a clitoris refreshes an old trope. —Jena Cutie

Price: $20

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