Mask at Hand

If you think professional wrestling’s too fake, you may hold an overinflated opinion of reality. But a play about that sweaty, spandexed world -- The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, presented by Stray Cat Theatre -- places the action on stage, rendering moot any doubts about authenticity. The show (not to mention the “sport”) is also about how real-world conflicts are too complex for our (or our media’s) attention spans, so a cathartic spectacle with clear heroes and villains is just what we think we need. But when a nice Indian-American student is hired to portray a heel called The Fundamentalist, the patriotic, commercial, and genuinely poetic aspects of THE Wrestling collide.

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Stray Cat Theatre

132 E. 6th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281-3733

Category: Theaters

Region: Tempe

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Kristoffer DiazPulitzer Prize finalist continues through Saturday, May 17, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Catch it at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, for $22 or $25. Get tix at www.straycattheatre.org or 480-227-1766.


Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Thursdays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 25. Continues through May 17, 2014
 
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