Table Manners Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through May 28 2014

The press materials for this show claim that the seven performers are "tied together by a love of female mastication"—and perhaps they are in real life, but the characters they play have much more complicated relationships with food. Most of the sketches are lighthearted, like a re-creation of the scene from Matilda where Bruce Bogtrotter (here "Lucy Smogtrotter") eats an entire cake, or one that poses existential questions like "What the fuck is Splenda?" and "Where can I pick a blue raspberry?" The attempts at comedy are uneven, but several excellent monologues make the show worthwhile, including a serious one in which Ellen McMahon reflects on how differently she's been treated since losing 100 pounds: "I couldn’t stop wondering if it was better to be invisible or an object," she says. —Julia Thiel

Price: $10

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