Lucky Plush’s Better Half explores the mirage of matrimony


The Freudian slips stay in the open.

Love may be a mirage—the self no better—and what is life but a walking shadow, etc? That seems to be the thesis of The Better Half, cocreated by Julia Rhoads and Leslie Buxbaum Danzig in collaboration with Lucky Plush ensembles present and past. Loosely structured by the Patrick Hamilton play Gas Light, in which a woman marries a murderer keen on stealing jewels hidden in her house, this 2011 work about domestic relationships keeps its Freudian slips not only out in the open but embellished into acrobatic pratfalls that hover between the ease of technique and the risk of improvisation.…

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