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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 9 2010

In this "remixed" version of The 1,001 Nights, playwright Jason Grote cleverly exploits the original's Russian-doll, stories-within-stories structure by fiddling around with time. Tale-spinning heroine Scheherazade--a Persian queen who foils her husband's plan to murder her by mesmerizing him with stories offering tune-in-tomorrows instead of endings--relates sagas about Jorge Luis Borges and Alan Dershowitz as well as Sinbad and Aladdin. Each moment contains both the ancient and the contemporary, and each story forms part of the larger narrative known as "history." Grote's poignant depiction of individuals caught in that narrative--most notably a Jewish American and his Kuwaiti girlfriend swept up in a devastating terrorist attack--raise the play above the level of an artful brainteaser. Collaboraction's lively staging has just the right swirling ambience. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15-$25


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