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Exhibit A: She Stoops To Comedy At The Evidence Room

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Roll over, Oscar Wilde. The funniest, most absurd, most farcical show in town is David Greenspan's She Stoops To Comedy at the Evidence Room.

Tony Kushner has called playwright Greenspan "probably all-round the most talented theater artist of my generation." He is one of the few modern playwrights we have ever experienced who writes for the theatre as theatre, with all the possibilities of talking to the audience, making fun of the form, and loving plays for themselves. This isn't a screenplay, or realism-naturalism-Mametism, or another plate of Pinter. This is something special.

Actress Alexandra Page (John Fleck) decides to disguise herself as a man to be with her runaway girlfriend, actress Alison Rose (Dorie Barton), in a production of As You Like It in Maine. (The role of Alexandra is always played by a man, and Greenspan himself played it in the original production.) Alexandra-in-drag tries to seduce Alison-in-Maine without Alison realizing her true identity.

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A lot of simple farce happens from mistaken identity subplots, from jokes at the expense of every acting and theatre stereotype, and from Fleck trying to not reveal his "breasts." In a strange way, Alexandra is the straight man of this production. Although her role is a double gender-bend, her part in the story requires her to tone down the hilarious diva we see in the first scene and play it cool so Alison won't recognize her. This means that John Fleck gets to be a man playing a diva pretending to be a man, and that the other characters get to make fun of Alexandra and he can't retaliate.