Dirty Story

Rated 4.0

For co-dependence and sick thrills, nothing compares to the geopolitics of the Middle East. The Capital Stage production of John Patrick Shanley’s Dirty Story lives up to its promise of sex, politics and satire fully, though it’s extremely dark and dysfunctional throughout. A warped pas de deux between the bitter Brutus (Scott Coopwood) and the apparently naive Wanda (Stephanie Gularte) rapidly escalates into a full-fledged allegorical war. Sensitive theater-goers ought to be aware that when sex and manipulation are invoked, it’s violent.
Capital Stage; 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; $22-$26. On board the Delta King, 1000 Front Street; (916) 995-5464, www.capstage.org. Through October 28.