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The Goddess Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 17 2013

A stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay for the 1958 movie, The Goddess follows Emily Ann Faulkner from the wrong side of the tracks of Beacon City, Maryland, to Hollywood, where she becomes a movie star named Rita Shawn. But her life is a tragedy because she has never known love, only confused it with sex, drugs, and public adulation. The script favors long, analytical monologues over action—wow, did they love psychology back in the 50s—but Lee Stark plays the hell out of Emily Ann, fully inhabiting all her incarnations as she delivers those monologues, from lonely, starstruck teenager to giddy war bride to hysterical, drugged-out mess. It's a tremendous performance. Others in director John Mossman's cast work hard to keep up; Maria Stephens, hilarious as her mother, and Josh Odor, sympathetic as her second husband, succeed. —Aimee Levitt

Price: $28-$32