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An Evening at "Le Boeuf sur le Toit"


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This program of three wordless works in the Playing French festival is largely devoid of physical expressivity despite a claim by performer T. Daniel in one of several stupefying program notes. "The movement imagery of this collaboration has never been seen before in the field of modern mime," he insists while describing Shadows of a Mind, a piece in which he fidgets about half-heartedly so that his shadow fills Etienne Bertrand Weill's abstract shapes, projected on a screen. Sonnet for Two Clarinets features Daniel and Laurie Willets walking back and forth, endlessly putting on and taking off imaginary comedy and tragedy masks and fiddling with bowlers to live accompaniment. And in the final piece, Jean Cocteau's Le Boeuf sur le Toit, society types with oversize papier-mache heads assemble in a bar to execute semi-interesting pantomimes. Through 11/21: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-743-0276 $20-$25. Closing.

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