Situation Norma, all fussed up
The Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe is a dark, satiric and not entirely linear exploration of the private life and public image of the famous movie star, incorporating dramatic scenes, music, dance, physical comedy, video and film images and more, piled high. (There are 23 costume changes in the first five minutes alone.) The script, penned in 1971 by German writer Gerlind Reinshagen, examines how a young woman with small-town roots became a Hollywood star and pop-culture icon, and how she relates to that artificial construction. The show introduces multiple Marilyns along the way, as well as members of the public who idolize their glamorous star. It’s a strange, sometimes disturbing piece (threatening situations, adult language and nudity)—the obverse of the upbeat, family-themed shows that many theater companies are presenting at this time. 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week and next, with a matinee 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9. $7-$12. UC Davis Main Theatre. (530) 752-1915.