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Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: There’s this mad ruler, his country’s citizens hate him, and he’s totally hell-bent on invading other countries for no good reason. No, you’re not watching the Daily Show, you’re reading about the world premiere of Blair Gageloft’s play. (We’re a little dubious about whether this playwright actually exists; the press release suggests his name is an anagram for "liberal faggot.") But wait, the description gets better: This ruler is backed by a public relations machine that loves Neil Diamond, and the Abu Ghraib Dance Ensemble (nope, not even gonna link that) makes a cameo appearance. We’re not quite sure what to expect from the brand-new El Gato Del Diablo Theatre Company, but damn, they caught our attention. Playing through August 20.

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