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When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Dec. 23 2007
Price: $40-$42

Mae West's 1926 play Sex is more than a little clunky, with pulp-novel dialogue, dozens of one-dimensional characters, and all the predictability of melodrama: A working girl meets a nice boy who falls in love with her, but she doesn't want to break his heart by telling him about her shady past. Fortunately, director Tom Ross doesn't try to make the play something it's not but injects just enough camp to make the material work. A couple of Mae West favorites and three lively new songs by Billy Philadelphia are added to the script's pool of popular songs. Delia MacDougall does a good West impression, but there's only so many times you can watch her bob her hair before it gets distracting, and she's much more engaging in dramatically demanding moments than when smirking and making innuendos. Robert Brewer is delightfully bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as suitor Jimmy, and Steve Irish is terribly touching as the dissipated but steadfast Lieutenant Gregg. Through Dec. 9 at Aurora Theatre Company, Berkeley. AuroraTheatre.org or 510-843-4822


— Sam Hurwitt

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