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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 9 2017

Devised in 2007 by London's Complicite ensemble, A Disappearing Number is a kind of helical mathematical romance. One strand of the helix follows Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian Einstein who pretty much gushed genius during the first two decades of the 20th century, revolutionizing pure mathematics while employed as a minor government clerk. In 1913, Ramanujan sent some of his work to Cambridge don G.H. Hardy; Hardy was smitten and one of the great intellectual bromances began. Around their relationship spins the present-day, fictional amour between Ruth and Al, mathematician and finance guy respectively, who meet when Al happens into one of Ruth's lectures. The two stories share parallel themes (love, loss, one partner's struggle to comprehend the other) and are meant to cohere in Ruth's fascination with Ramanujan. But, while director Nick Bowling and company exercise their usual rigor, smarts, and verve in staging this complex revival, the coherence never comes. The two tales just orbit each other into infinity. —Tony Adler

Price: $28-$51


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