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Goddess Nation

Why hang around grimy little arts venues? Well, for one thing, to like stuff before it's cool. In 1980s Manhattan, for instance, we enjoyed the fresh-faced, low-rent versions of now-mainstream performers: Eric Bogosian, John Malkovich, the late Spalding Gray, Bill Irwin -- and Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney, whose Obie-winning The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives was a wacky and insightful sketch revue that showcased two of the funniest people ever.

The resulting play, Parallel Lives, kicks off Nearly Naked Theatre's current season through Saturday, September 15, at Phoenix Theater's Little Theater, 100 East McDowell Road. The show, which stars Valley faves Johanna Carlisle and Andréa Morales, begins with two goddesses creating the world and figuring out how to distribute the perks and problems of race and sex; then the performers play all the victims of divine caprice (i.e., us).

Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 9, 2:30 p.m.; Wed., Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Starts: Aug. 31. Continues through Sept. 15, 2012


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