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In Kirsten Vangsness' steamy, intrepid new play, a neurotic gal named Dulcie (Vangsness) yearns for love and a fulfilling sex life but can't seem to make either work. Instead, she inhabits a fractured inner world where a trinity composed of her brain (Lauren Letherer), her heart (Wendi West) and her noisome libido (Jennifer Flack) squabble constantly for her attention. Despite Dulcie's troubles, she refuses to go "boyless," as her gay best friend Andy (David Wilcox) recommends; trapped between rutting and romance, she begins not only to accept abuse but to encourage it. Directed by Bill Voorhees, the show registers as raunchy, reiterative, at times histrionic; it is also honest, funny and, speaking as a woman, easy to relate to. As a performer, Vangsness, who seems to specialize in loopy ladies with a forthright edge, does not disappoint. Flack is also terrific as Dulcie's unruly inner sexpot, proud of her blow-job prowess. But while sex is pivotal to the narrative, it is the character's quest for self-understanding and her denuding display of vulnerability that makes it compelling. The worthy supporting ensemble includes Eric Neil Gutierrez as Dulcie's most accomplished lover and Grace Eboigbe as a devastating rival for another love interest. Theatre of NOTE, 1517 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.- Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; through Oct. 27. (323) 856-8611, theatreofnote.com.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 28. Continues through Oct. 27, 2012

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