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'Cockfight Play' goes around in circles at Rogue Machine Theatre
'Cockfight Play' goes around in circles at Rogue Machine Theatre

“We’re just going around in circles,” a character accurately observes in British playwright Mike Bartlett’s “Cockfight Play,” having its L.A. premiere at Rogue Machine Theatre. (The actual title, unprintable here, is two syllables shorter.) Basically all the characters do in this entertaining, irresolute drama about a man torn between two lovers and two corresponding sexual identities is go around in circles — literally and figuratively. Stephen Gifford’s set, a bright-green arena without furniture or props, is based on a cockfighting ring, and Cameron Watson directs the action in keeping with this metaphor: In a series of tense...

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