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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 21 2013

This revival of David Cerda and Pauline Pang's 2001 Hitchcock send-up starts off as a witty travesty but quickly becomes much more: a detailed deconstruction of the film and of Hitchcock's famously twisted relationship with its star, Tippi Hedren. Every aspect of the production deepens it: the early-60s costumes, the simple but evocative set, the low-budget special effects, and, most importantly, the rich performances. Though men are in many women's roles, it's never just for laughs—Ed Jones, for example, turns in an astonishing performance in the role originally played by Jessica Tandy. At the center of it is Catherine McCafferty's fascinating impersonation of Hedren, an actress so obviously uncomfortable and out of her depth that every twitch and gesture becomes a kind of understated camp. —Jack Helbig

Price: $19-$35


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