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12 Ophelias: A Play With Broken Songs The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 31 2009

Set in an erotic dreamscape, Caridad Svich's imaginative reworking of Ophelia's story follows the doomed girl as she rises out of a pool of water and seems to repeat her tragic romance with Hamlet, now called Rude Boy. Kate Hendrickson's spare but careful staging brings out most of the nuances in Svich's heightened language, though a repetitive singsong quality sneaks in by the end. Mildred Marie Langford's earthy, anguished take on Ophelia meshes well with the wry compassion of Jen Ellison and Casey Chapman as sort-of narrators R and G, and the Appalachian-inflected songs, played by an ensemble of white-clad women, add a heavenly-chorus aspect to this intriguing if underdeveloped portrait of a woman scorned and reborn. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20



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