Theater & Performing Arts

REDWOLF

When: Saturdays, Sundays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 8 2014

Have you ever thought, while reading the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, “You know what this story needs? More cunnilingus.” If you tire of the typical, moralistic views put forth in children’s stories, then Redwolf at The Flight Deck (1540 Broadway, Oakland) may be for you. It’s a fairytale for adults, and by that I mean to reference both the R-rated elements of the show and its smart, feminist appropriations of the genre’s tropes. In this modern version, almost all of the characters undergo a process of re-education, which gives the story an incisive, postmodern edginess. Speaking of edgy, Redwolf plays with the moody and atmospheric. It’s at times sinister and shocking (for the prudish or squeamish: The two sex scenes are brief and tasteful. However, one does briefly involve both male and female full-frontals, and Ragged Wing Ensemble recommends audience members be at least sixteen years old.). But for all of its darkness and eroticism, Redwolf is also light and playful. A few of the show’s frolicsome elements include foreplay with hand puppets, a stripping fight scene, and a large vagina diagram. Theatergoers shouldn’t expect an easy happily-ever-after ending from this modern retelling, but Redwolf nonetheless succeeds in bringing the house down.

Anna Pulley

Price: $25-$40

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