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Food for Thought New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 20 2014

When it comes to staged thematic monologues, the literate, observant, consistently inventive collective BoyGirlBoyGirl has set the bar high—which makes this generally bland evening of monologues about food feel especially uninspired. The three set pieces in this Tellin’ Tales Theatre production (Beth Ann Bryant Richards's Hello Jell-O, Rosemary Postula's A Picky Eater, and Tekki Lomnicki's Hungry Heart) stick mostly to well-worn women-and-food tropes: learning to cook from matriarchal elders, creating bonds through meals, struggling to stick to diets. While the performers offer occasional vivid anecdotes—Postula's memory of childhood friend Fat Connie's inability to right herself after a chair mishap is particularly delightful—their penchant for broad outline makes the work feel thin. A different guest artist dishes up a wild-card melange each night. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $15 for students


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