The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity

Sept. 3—Oct. 7 $40–$67.50
Woolly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St. NW, Washington, DC
(202) 393-3939
Just because it's scripted doesn't mean it doesn't hurt. For a show that urges the sophisticates who make up Woolly Mammoth's subscriber base to tap their suppressed bloodlust, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity is surprisingly philosophical. "You can't kick a guy's ass without the help of the guy whose ass you're pretending to kick," observes Mace (José Joaquín Pérez), the wrestler at this uproarious and energetic play's center. Given the way pro wrestling blends sport and showbiz, it's a wonder more satirists haven't chosen to play within this milieu. In Chad Deity, playwright Kristoffer Diaz plows this fertile field for all it's worth, finding gargantuan laughs and genuine pathos in the fixed-price, anything-goes, made-for-TV bastardization of wrestling. (CK)

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