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2 by Pearl: Hospice & Late Bus to Mecca

Eclipse Theatre Company continues its season of work by Pearl Cleage with this pair of one-acts featuring four black women. Neither could be called a brilliant experiment in dramatic form, but they handily reflect issues of race, gender, and the creative impulse, and Cleage’s gift for sharp-elbowed dialogue allows actors to pull out all the […]

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Thunderpussy: A Tommy Bartlett Story!

The R is for “retarded.” Wisconsin Dells guru Tommy Bartlett, in thrall to a homicidal arcade game and its knife-wielding Humpty Dumpty sidekick, lures foreign tourists to the pair’s amusement-park lair. In return the villains promise to provide Bartlett the final component of Thunderpussy, the world’s most preposterous roller coaster. Fleshing out this tissue-thin premise […]

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The People Under the Stares

This one-year anniversary show of Drag City’s monthly comedy series, known for its indie vibe and strong, eclectic programming of national and local acts, is also its last. It might go out with a bang: headliner and Saturday Night Live player Fred Armisen will perform, possibly as Jens Hannemann, an ambiguously German drummer and unambiguously […]