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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 10 2012

David Cerda and Hell in a Handbag Productions have pulled off a neat sleight-of-hand by reviving a show they first put on in 1998—before HHP existed. Long story, no doubt. But the bottom line is that this musical drag parody of Brian DePalma's 1976 horror movie, Carrie, is well worth whatever odd logic was involved in getting it back onstage. Alex Grelle is very funny and not a little heartbreaking as the shy teen with telekinetic powers whose only desire is to be normal. Inasmuch as the superfoxy girls hate her and her crazed mom considers her an abomination before the Lord, her chances are slim to nil. Things only get worse when people try to help her. Under Cheryl Snodgrass's direction, Scarrie works both as big camp and nuanced humor. It's oddly charming when one of the superfoxy girls invites another over to her house to hear Styx on eight-track, gets a no, and disbelievingly responds, "But it's eight tracks!" —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$20


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