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Torn Between Two Bitches @ The Unknown Theater

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Written by Brian M. Clark

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If you’ve ever sat through one of the unfunny sketches featured on Mad TV or Saturday Night Live, wherein a mediocre actor lampoons a famous politician or celebrity to whom they bear no resemblance whatsoever; caricatures said politician or celebrity poorly and exaggeratedly, and brings zero insight or real humor through the cartoonish parody of said politician or celebrity – and the whole thing drags on well beyond the point at which it ceased even being amusing – then you have a pretty good idea of what the play Torn Between Two Bitches is all about.

The title refers to the predicament in which the play’s main character, Jim Goat, finds himself. Having gained notoriety with his coconspirator and wife Debbie as a misanthropic underground ‘zine personality in the 1990s, Jim relocated from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, and subsequently became romantically involved with a psychotic stripper/fan who publishes her own anti-social ‘zine. Self-consumed, drugged up and torn between these two bitches, Goat finally ditches his wife, neurotically freaks out, beats up his girlfriend and winds up in jail. The story, of course, is that of Jim Goad, and is based – in its entirety – on the autobiography he penned behind bars, Shit Magnet.

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