Stage Door: Side Show, Allegro

November 20, 2014 9:20 PM

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Stage Door: Side Show, Allegro

The cruelty of exploitation, just like the public's prurient interest in oddity, is boundless. Marry the two, and you have the backdrop to the real-life tale of conjoined twins and vaudeville stars Daisy and Violet Hilton in Side Show, the Broadway revival at the St. James Theatre.

The poignant, revamped Bill Russell/Henry Krieger musical, inspired by the sisters, posits the universal desire to be loved against the voyeuristic instinct to view differences as less than human. The tender twins challenge such prejudice. "Come Look At the Freaks" sets the stage for the tawdry carn...

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