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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 26 2011

Presenting low-rent, high-camp parodies of classic fairy tales on a postage-stamp stage, the Midtangent Productions people showed how well they can do tiny and ridiculous. Now they're trying out big and serious—or at least semi-serious. If the move is meant to up their game, it backfires. Chris Weikel's play focuses on commitment-shy hunk Johnny Lovejoy, who learns the meaning of love only after his nasty-sex pal, leather-loving "pig-boy" Dave, magically turns into his namesake animal. Weikel's rambling scenes and flabby dialogue drain the intrigue from the play's fanciful premise until little remains but clunky bromides. No wonder director David Zak and his generally strong cast can't find a way to make the magic meaningful. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15

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