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When: Open run: Wed 8 PM

For more than a decade, Bruised Orange Theater have combed personal ads, OkCupid, Craigslist, and miscellaneous XXX-rated listings for juicy posts, then inhabited the characters behind them. And they still manage to squeeze material out of what is now beyond low-hanging fruit. Online dating in 2007 was seen as a last resort, a way to find love in all the wrong places. But today the stigma has dissipated, so these online profiles seeking companionship or hookups have taken a cue from Alanis Morissette and become ironic. Also another cue and have become curiously genuine (nothing in “Ironic” is just that). I saw one of Ann Sonneville’s characters soothingly caressing a bruised apple saying, “What have they done to you?”—obviously the poster’s flopped attempt at a not-taking-this-seriously joke. Later, though, Clint Sheffer became a man who simply wants to watch women take shits and, if they’d like, pleasure themselves. (Who are we to judge?) Laughter erupts all the same for each dramatic reading, demonstrating that, written with irony or not, the words themselves are secondary to the committed performances of the actors, who dutifully treat the various solicitations and pleadings as honesty incarnate. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m headed to the ladies’ restroom. —Steve Heisler

Price: $5

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