Gator Bait | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader
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A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company presents this campy late-night send-up of Claudia Jennings's 1976 bayou revenge tragedy exactly 25 years after the Playboy Playmate, drive-in sexploitation queen, and Evanston Township High School graduate died a la Jayne Mansfield in a head-on collision. The film is a curious choice for satire; unimaginative and amateurish, it's all but devoid of historical or cultural significance, offering little to ridicule but backwater hicks, puerile misogyny, and bad acting. Playwright David Hayes rarely strays from these easy targets, and his charges into unexpected territory--turning the film's macho male lead into a flaming nelly, reframing the blood-strewn melodrama as Homeric epic--offer more promise than results. The perfunctory script breezes by in under an hour, giving director Michael Bruino's often overenergetic cast little to sink their teeth into. Through 11/6: Fri-Sat 11:30 PM. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. $11-$13.

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