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True Theater Critic

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Avant-garde artist Omar Sangare brings quite the eclectic package to the stage. Half-Polish, half-Malian, he studied at the Theater Academy in Warsaw and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford and has published two books of poetry and a short-story collection. A teacher and journalist in Poland, the physically striking Sangare is also a performer of astonishing control and grace who most recently put his multifarious otherness to good use in a critically acclaimed turn as Othello in New York in 2002. True Theater Critic, which he wrote, performed, and directed, got him the nod for best actor at the New York International Fringe Festival in 1997. This stream-of-consciousness tour de force ostensibly dismantles the critic's craft and persona but goes on to pretty much take apart theater altogether. In the high eastern European style, Sangare's autopsy is by turns passionate, exhausted, hilarious, and transcendentally dismayed. But for all its teeth gnashing and intellectuality, it's also a gorgeously choreographed, masterfully executed movement piece that speaks directly to the senses. 8/25-8/28: Thu and Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont, 773-327-5252. $12-$20.

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