On Stage

Alley Rep: The Totalitarians

When: Thu., Oct. 13, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 14, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 15, 8 p.m., Thu., Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Fri., Oct. 21, 8 p.m., Sat., Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 23, 1 p.m., Thu., Oct. 27, 8 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. 2016

From failed artists to primetime television personalities, totalitarians come in the strangest shapes and sizes. Meet Penny, a former roller derby champ who has been falling up the ladder of her bid for state office. When a disjointed but well-received speech bumps her campaign to the next level, ambitious speechwriter Francine sees a chance to pull her career out of the doldrums.

That's the setup for Alley Repertory Theater's production of The Totalitarians, a raucous political play that would feel more comedic if it were less topical. Playing at the height of election season, it's also distinguished for being at the center of a lawsuit over an Idaho law tying beer, wine and liquor licenses to the Gem State's obscenity laws.

Price: $15-$20

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