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My First Time Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through July 28 2012

This Vagina Monologues-style play repackages the stories posted to a 15-year-old website called, presenting a précis of virginity lost, complete with projected statistics. Broken Nose Theatre's four-person cast shoot names, places, ages, and other sound bites at the audience, then break out into a story that can be sweet, funny, or fucked up. Like many sexual encounters, the show leaves you with no specific complaints, just a vague feeling of dissatisfaction. The problem may be that it goes for quantity rather than quality, trundling over too many climaxes (pun required). Why look at the aggregate of sexual experience when one well-told or -acted experience would do? Versatile Leslie Ruettiger and the rest of the cast help keep the snippets vivid and well-paced (it's probably a necessary evil that they're all conventionally attractive, even if the writers can't all have been). But they're unable to, um, keep it up. One statistical truism left unaddressed in the play becomes relevant after the hour mark: size does matter—only, in this case, shorter would've been better. A different local storyteller opens each show. —Asher Klein

Price: $20-$30


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