Theater & Performing Arts


When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 2 2010

Small BerkeleycompanyImpact Theatre has all the hallmarks of a camp troupe: Gender-bending, actors who get recycled over and over again, excess. The company's latest, MilkMilkLemonade, is a conflagration of all the aforementioned, bold-faced and kicked up a notch. Directed by Desdemona Chiang, it stars Charlie Cromer as Emory, a swishy musical theater geek doomed to come of age on his nanna's chicken farm, smack in the middle of Red StateAmerica. A closeted bully named Elliott (Michael Garrett McDonald), a life-size chicken (Sarah Coykendall), and a black widow spider (Cindy Im) turn this otherwise-typical script into high-minded absurdist comedy. Surreal elements help yank the story forward, and the chicken holocaust works as metaphor. Deanna L. Zibello's set looks like a page out of a coloring book. Through October 2 at La Val's Subterranean (1834 Euclid Ave., Berkeley). $12-$20.

Rachel Swan

Price: $12-$20

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