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Totally apropos for the season, this macabre masterpiece plays out like a silent film, with a two-piano score (by Jooss's colleague Frederick Cohen) and a load of expressionistic melodrama that manages to grab you by the gut. It's a stunning work of movement theater, a potent antiwar protest that transcends even that category in its depiction of our universal fate. Fabrice Calmels, who danced the role of Death in the performance I saw last weekend, will forever be the Grim Reaper in my head.
Performances continue Thursday, October 25, through Sunday, October 28; tickets are $31-$152 at the Joffrey or Auditorium Theatre box offices, or Ticketmaster.