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Gator Bait Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through Sept. 19 2014

Coproduced with Corn Productions, this revival of A Reasonable Facsimile Theatre Company's 2004 stage adaptation of the 70s cult film pays homage to a feat of hicksploitation that would make the creators of True Blood and True Detective blush. Gator Bait is the violent saga of Desiree Thibedeaux, played in the movie by Evanston girl turned Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings (tagline "Half animal . . . all woman). Here the body count is clearly updated on a whiteboard, making for an easy drinking game. But while the large cast show talent and high energy (nobody could top Kristopher Bottrall as a flamboyant Billy Boy), the swampy humor gets tired as the show goes on. Even with bits of social commentary thrown in around topics like Paula Deen and global warming, you can only take so much fecal humor and characters getting "shot in the cooch." —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $10-$15


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