Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative strikes an earnest but tepid Bargain

The longer you think about its themes of personal integrity versus selling out, the more naive The Bargain becomes. Certainly, we're living in a cynical age when people who refuse to go for the buck are ridiculed. A toast to Swen for putting these issues back in the moral context they deserve. But the idea that being a dirt-poor, unappreciated artist is its own reward is presented sans the scrutiny that Swen applies to life as a rich, prostituted talent. The Bargain strives to make a point about the consequences of a decision many people would never think twice about, then shortchanges us with a blinkered viewpoint.

The Bargain runs through April 28 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Call 871-

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