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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 9 2012

It's no secret that the last few decades have been hard on Sigmund Freud's legacy. Neuropharmacology, internal disputes, and feminism have all but killed off classical psychoanalysis. The women's movement in particular was never any too enthusiastic about notions like penis envy—though it makes a lot of sense that late-Victorian females would envy penises, at least insofar as they represented the key to power. Mexican playwright Sabina Berman offers a familiar critique of the talking cure in this drama about Ida Bauer, aka "Dora," an early patient whom Freud felt he'd failed. Though Berman's take on the case can be a little reductive, her treatment of Freud himself is intriguing in its ambiguity, and Henry Godinez's staging is lucid. In a clever stroke emphasizing the Jewish doctor's outsider status, African-American actor Arch Harmon plays Freud. Part of Halcyon Theatre's Alcyone Festival. —Tony Adler

Price: $12-$20, festival pass $75


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