Tashie's Choice Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays. Continues through May 31 2013

Tashie begins her life story from the vantage of an opinionated four-year-old Missouri girl. Nurtured by Montessori preschool, gushing about her "boyfriend," her first modest awareness of taboo comes when she realizes she can't wear her favorite pajamas outside even though they make her feel most alive. An absurd home life and prohibitions at her new Lutheran Synod elementary conduct Tashie through a series of obsessions and humiliations. She emerges a self-proclaimed misfit—a "Greek ape in a Lutheran zoo"—obstinately independent and secure until tragedy strikes. Natasha Tsoutsouris's self-deprecation is comically evocative—in a too-tight theatrical costume, she's "a sausage jammed in a mitten"—but her vulgarity seems forced, and too often her growing pains focus on what she wore in the world as much as what she thought about it. —Jena Cutie

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