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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2008

I don't know which I find more horrific, the violent ending of this absurdist attack on Western hypocrisy or being implicated as one of the hypocrites. In Scottish playwright Torben Betts's unhinged yet precise 2007 black comedy, Mother's bon mots are accompanied by a laughtrack, Father's a depressed cipher, and teenage Girl's scorn for her life of suburban prosperity is such that she's retreated to the backyard, where she hunkers down in an inflatable pool full of books. A socialist revolution breaks out but is quickly squelched, Chile-style, by the "Free World." When an American soldier rapes Girl, things are just getting started. Beata Pilch's production is pitiless and sharp, with extraordinary performances by Tiffany Bedwell as Girl and Kevin Lucero Less as Soldier. --Tony Adler

Price: $20, two for one Thu

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