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When: Fridays-Sundays and Mon., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Continues through March 28 2010

Based on a novel first published in 1982, Frances Limoncelli's play is something of a period piece, and Ann Boyd's production of it offers little details calculated to take us back. There are no cell phones in evidence, for instance: people communicate on a clunky old landline with only one choice of ringtone, a metallic brrring. But that's not enough to root the show in a particular moment. It seems to slide around on a continuum ranging from the present to, say, the early 60s. And that's a major problem, because this tale--about a very, very unhappy woman and the reptilian man-creature she loves--needs a strong ambient reality to keep it sharp. Major problem not withstanding, however, there are still great surges of bittersweet charm here--thanks largely to Brenda Barrie's dancerly performance as the title character and Peter Greenberg's calculatedly clunky one as her green beau. --Tony Adler

Price: $15-$30

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