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Sexy Baby Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays and Thursdays, Fridays. Continues through July 27 2012

Hell in a Handbag Productions pulls no punches in this biting, hysterical musical about child beauty queens. Authors David Cerda and Scott Lamberty present the contestants' parents as overtanned, Slurpee-guzzling, Kardashian-idolizing, Mama Rose-esque embodiments of our culture's worst tendencies—and if you've seen TLC's reality show Toddlers & Tiaras, featuring prepubescent girls slathered in makeup and coached to flirt and flounce like pocket-size bombshells, you might be inclined to agree. The kids on TV usually end up looking like drag queens, so it's fitting that most of the sexy babies in Derek Czaplewski's staging are played by men. My hands-down favorite: Alex Grelle's Beyansay Riddle, who hasn't been right in the head since she got run over by a mobility scooter at Walmart. —Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$22

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