Fever

Given Peggy Lee’s extensive and influential career spanning multiple decades, an assignment to write a piece inspired by her work could go in any number of directions. The three playwrights who’ve taken on this assignment--Molly Best Tinsley, Joanna Horowitz, and Jessica Chisum--have at least one common thread to their works: They're all bizarre. Together, it’s an evening of hit-and-miss moments in tragicomedies accompanied by music. The most engaging play is Horowitz’s Miss End of the World, the tale of a post-apocalyptic beauty pageant in which the competitors vie for the last remaining sustenance in sight, a Snickers bar. I imagine this is what Samuel Beckett would have written if he'd been gay. Notable among the actors is newcomer Carrie McIntyre, who has a powerful voice and a clear knack for physical comedy I hope to see more of. The interludes between plays are filled with a guest musical artist performing Peggy Lee songs; the evening I attended, we had the pleasure of hearing Alyssa Keene, who obviously enjoys Miss Lee and does a beautiful job with her music. BRENT ARONOWITZ

Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 & 8 p.m.; Mon., Sept. 21, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 11. Continues through Sept. 26, 2009

 
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