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Riotous Die! Mommy! Die! transforms Electra into a Hollywood satire

Dark, ironic and quirky, Cat's Paw has a sort of high-handed theatricality that makes it very difficult to watch -- and apparently even more difficult to perform. The mostly young and clearly talented cast does not seem to be quite ready for the complexity of this work. And they have not been given much help from director and designer Wayne Wilden. On opening night the actors were frustratingly erratic; they seemed to be either glued to the stage, unwilling to move at all, or jumping about for no reason whatsoever. In fact the entire project felt like a long night in acting class. Edifying perhaps, but a hard and sometimes grueling lesson.

To Die for: Joel Sandel (center) camps it up as Angela, whose bloody methods influence her two children, played by Sarah Lilley and Tyler Jones.
Theater LaB Houston
To Die for: Joel Sandel (center) camps it up as Angela, whose bloody methods influence her two children, played by Sarah Lilley and Tyler Jones.

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(713)868-7516. $20-$22.
runs through February 13 at Theater LaB Houston, 1706 Alamo,

Catàs Paw runs though January 29 at Atomic Cafe, 1320 Nance, (713)222-ATOM. $10.

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