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The Ugly One

Every Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Feb. 1-16
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from Feb. 1-16
2 p.m.
Feb. 4
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12
7:30 p.m.
$15-$38
Theater

Theater doesn’t always need to play coy. “In The Ugly One, we’ve dropped all subtlety,” says director Amy Rummenie. “It tears along at farce-like speed, and the wit is razor-sharp. It’s a nearly dizzying script, using sharp character turns to veer from scene to scene without pause.” German playwright Marius von Mayenburg has been compared to his unsparing American contemporary Neil LaBute, so get ready to wince with recognition of the hard truths in this satire about a man who seeks to improve his underwhelming appearance with plastic surgery that works all too well. Walking Shadow Theatre Company is presenting this short and punchy play at Open Eye Figure Theatre, a cocoon-like space that is always somehow redolent of its namesake company’s macabre, darkly comedic aura. That should prove a perfect fit for The Ugly One, says Rummenie. “I love how that demure proscenium arch frames the stage, focusing us in on the action.” With scene changes “in the blink of an eye,” she adds, “this will have to be all about the action.” Find tickets at brownpapertickets.com.