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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2013

This dark, provocative musical by songwriters John Kander and Fred Ebb and playwright Terrence McNally, set during Argentina's 1970s "dirty war," concerns Molina, an apolitical window dresser entrapped and imprisoned for being gay, and his cellmate, a leftist revolutionary being tortured by the fascist regime. Assigned to pry information out of the macho Marxist, Molina wins his trust with playful descriptions of campy old movies starring his favorite actress, Aurora, whose signature role, the Spider Woman, is the embodiment of seductive death. BoHo Theatre's intimate production sweeps away the spectacle created by this 1992 show's original director, Harold Prince, and focuses on the emotional essence of the offbeat tale, based on Manuel Puig's brilliant 1976 novel. Peter Marston Sullivan's staging captures the story's blurring of reality and fantasy, staying true to its ironic view of human behavior while also providing entertaining diversions in Linda Fortunato's Latin-flavored dance numbers (re-creations of Aurora's films). Nathan Carroll is excellent as Molina, a weakling who discovers steely inner strength. —Albert Williams

Price: $25-$27

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