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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2010

There's an old Incredible String Band song in which a child imagines an all-knowing, chariot-riding warrior from "the land of no night." His parents keep interrupting his reveries, suggesting that he "go with the rest and play downstairs," only to find him daydreaming again in the next verse. That's basically the situation in this 50-minute play written for Brain Surgeon Theater by Randall Colburn, director Gwen Tulin, and the ensemble. The younger of two daughters, Leah stands on the verge of adolescence yet clings to her elaborate fantasy life as an escape from her emotionally sloppy, constantly bickering parents. The question is, will she go with the rest and play downstairs or (like a previous Brain Surgeon creation, Johnny Ten Bones) allow herself to be absorbed entirely into make-believe? The premise and production are intriguing, but the script as it stands is sketchy: I'd like to have learned more about the world Leah has invented. --Tony Adler

Price: $10-$15


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