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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 12 2017

In Brett Neveu’s 2002 drama Eric LaRue, Kate Buddeke played a middle-aged woman psychologically battered by the condescending men (and a few women) in her life. Her only relief came in identifying with her sociopathic school-aged son, convincing herself the students he slaughtered Columbine style deserved what they got. It was gut-wrenching. In Neveu’s new one-woman show, written for Buddeke, she plays another middle-aged woman psychologically battered by the condescending men in her life, but this time she finds no relief. In fact her husband, after discovering her dark secret, sets the dogs on her and traps her in the basement. It’s a harrowing script, but under Linda Gillum’s direction, Buddeke uncharacteristically pulls her punches for 70 minutes, seeming more inconvenienced and irritated than traumatized. Her performance entertains when it might horrify. —Justin Hayford

Price: $34-$48

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