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The Tricky Part



Broadway actor Martin Moran won a 2004 Obie for this autobiographical monologue, recounting the sexual abuse he endured for three years as an adolescent from a thirtysomething camp counselor. Moran's presence may have lent power to the script's wearying literary excess, heavy-handed metaphors, and structural imbalance--every moment of his first sexual encounter is voyeuristically chronicled, yet there's hardly a word to explain why he kept coming back for more, including a three-way with the counselor's wife. Local actor Kevin Mayes has a tough job, and under Cecilie Keenan's direction his passionate intensity gives Moran's story a disturbing vividness. But that intensity often becomes overwrought, bordering on melodramatic, as if Mayes were trying to sell rather than tell the story. Through 8/27: Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Mon 8 PM, Bailiwick Repertory, Bailiwick Arts Center, 1229 W. Belmont, 773-883-1090, $25.

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