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Summer is officially half over. August 7 was the midpoint, which means that you’ve got less than 45 days left to enjoy the quirkier shows that tend to turn up when the weather gets hot. Here are the new Reader reviews to guide you.
Interrobang Theatre has brought back the clever solo piece Here Lies Henry, which won praise from Reader contributor Kerry Reid in 2011. Michael Moran reprises his role as a complete liar relating his obviously suspect life story. Another solo show, Daria Harper’s Devil in the Dirt, presents the gripping, true tale of a woman who returns to the scene of the crime, as it were, when her abusive father dies.
A Greek chorus delivers pop verses in That Was It: The Tragic Tale of Our King Michael Jackson. Recasting the rex of pop as a Greek tragic hero, Gorilla Tango Theatre’s high-energy comedy garners more laughs than Aristophanes’s last stand-up routine. Also in the comic category: Finally Alone . . . Together, a double bill of solo sketch shows by Rebecca Sohn and Conner O’Malley, and Barack All Night, built on the premise that the commander in chief hosts his own late-night talk show. Of the latter Asher Klein writes, “Patrick Rowland has his POTUS impression down like a 2009 employment report”—but the show still isn’t quite ready for prime time.