There's no denying that society has a fascination with the unusual. From the original red-and-white-striped tents to the circus that is now reality television, people can't pass up the opportunity to watch little people operating a tractors, hillbillies competing in beauty pageants, and conjoined twins tackling the day-to-day ups and downs of high school.
But before Abby & Brittany (and the backward antics of reality TV), there were Daisy and Violet Hilton. The conjoined sisters made their fame in the Great Depression era, taking their vaudeville act from Europe to America and ultimately the big screen. Based on their incredible true story, Side Show, directed by Damon Dering, is a play told almost entirely song that details the lives of two women whose bondage was both a blessing and a curse.
The show rusn through Saturday, June 8, at Phoenix Theatre 100 East McDowell Road. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 31. General admission costs $26 via www.phoenixtheatre.com or by calling 602-254-2151.
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Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., May 26, 6 p.m.; Sun., June 2, 2:30 p.m. Starts: May 25. Continues through June 8, 2013