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Danger! Men at work
photo: Dierdre McGaw

Kourtney Rutherford, whose résumé adds three years in construction work to familiar dance and drama credits, spins a goofy, macabre tale in a half-built tract house set. Six ordinary-looking guys in nondesigner jeans and singlets play a construction crew that occasionally (and inexplicably) transforms into a ramshackle chorus line. They're bossed by a nondancing contractor (D.J. Mendel) who's by far the best actor on the job and sexy as hell in the bargain. Rutherford plays the lady of the projected dream house, a stiletto-shod, platinum-wigged, perfectionistic bitch whose motto is "I like things the way I like them." Taking time out to make it with the contractor (who wouldn't?), she goads the builders into a rebellion that escalates into violence. They stab her, bludgeon her, and stuff her plastic-wrapped corpse into the unfinished basement. Having evidently spent her life seeing how far she can go, she goes one step farther and resurrects. The production is not much as a play and certainly short on dance interest, but somehow it's mildly entertaining.


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