Civil to
Civil to


Why Torture Is Wrong and the People Who Love Them, written by Christopher Durang. Directed by Richard Jay Simon. Presented through December 13 at the Mosaic Theatre, 12200 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation. Call 954-577-8243, or click here.

Bradshaw's Luella is even weirder, if possible, and I suspect she's the sole force keeping this nervous comedy coherent. She's simultaneously funnier and scarier than any other character in the show: reacting to her hyperviolent husband by knitting away at a blanket (which, adorably, always seems to match her outfits) while smiling beatifically and talking about theater. She's a woman whose consciousness and agency have been stripped away by years of exposure to a monstrous world, and Bradshaw expresses her vacancy and diminution in a tour-de-force performance that's equal parts Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Terry Schiavo, and pure originality. When her temper finally snaps — as we knew it must from the moment she deflected a gun battle by offering to make French toast — she loses her mind and walks away with the show.

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