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TO March 24
You’ll be relieved to know that Glamonstrosity Inc.’s production of Doll is loosely based on Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House: Now you can feel vaguely literary while you down that Rolling Rock and watch a pink-spangled transvestite declare her freedom atop the bar at the Metro Cafe. But don’t let the booze go to your head: If you let your mind wander a minute, you’re sure to miss something (“I always knew you were crazy, but in that dress I can see your nuts”). Life-size Barbie doll Nora (Lucrezia Blozia) is a big, hairy lonely-heart, a toy to her wealthy husband, Torvald (Scott Griswold; both pictured), and the envy of her so-called friend Kristine (Kathleen Akerley, who’s worth seeing for her Britney Spears impression alone). Nora has been deftly hiding a secret about her past from dear Torvald out of fear that he’ll no longer love her (read: give her money), but it’s the revelation of this truth that finally sets Nora free from her horrible wifely constraints. Blozia is a marvel as she delivers her incessant dialogue in the breathless-yet-kinda-smart manner that underestimated bimbettes often assume. Overall, Doll is a night of cheap, solid comedy that puts everything currently on the silver screen to shame, if only because the cast—with the help of Erik Jackson’s phenomenal rewrite—makes getting a laugh look so damn easy. Get some culture at 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday, to Sunday, March 24, at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $10. (703) 248-1131. (Tricia Olszewski)