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Cherry Smoke

Cherry Smoke

In James McManus’s overwrought play, an amateur boxer (Vayu O’Donnell) cycles from back-alley bouts to prison stints to riverside encounters with his guileless girlfriend, Cherry (Molly Carden). Though Mr. McManus claims steel-town origins, this Working Theater production fetishizes Continue Reading

Rock Bottom

Rock Bottom

(previews start on Sept. 9; opens on Sept. 17) The singer-songwriter Bridget Everett doesn’t let a little thing like good taste give her pause. Ms. Everett’s last show, “At Least It’s Pink,” featured a comic song about her own abortion. In this new Joe’s Pub show, Continue Reading

Carnaval

Carnaval

Nikkole Salter’s cautionary holiday tale sends three men to Rio de Janeiro for a week of sex tourism. Comi​c​ and tragic by turns, the play is a brash, profane and somewhat contemptuous exploration of black masculinity. If Ms. Salter sometimes takes shortcuts in plotting, she Continue Reading

Deliverance

Deliverance

In Godlight Theater Company’s adaptation of James Dickey’s 1970 novel, four businessmen encounter sniper fire and rape in backwoods Georgia. Tautly directed and vigorously performed, the company packs a lot of macho posturing onto a small stage. But if the action is exciting, it’s Continue Reading

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