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When: Tue., Nov. 16, Wed., Nov. 17 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010

Chicago Opera Vanguard and Caffeine Theatre present the U.S. stage premiere of this 1986 Australian musical--a weird, dreamlike exploration of the fantasy life of Charles Dodgson, aka Alice's Adventures in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll. Dense, daunting, sometimes dissonant, Boojum! is rooted in Dodgson's 1875 poem The Hunting of the Snark, a mock epic about a band of adventurers on a quest for a mythical beast. (The Snark, we're told, is easy prey unless it's a Boojum--then you'd better watch out.) Composer Martin Wesley-Smith and his twin brother, lyricist Peter Wesley-Smith, probe themes of duality in Dodgson's work, especially youthful innocence versus age, death, and sexuality. Under the guidance of director Jimmy McDermott and music director/keyboardist Andra Velis Simon, tenor Alex Balestrieri and baritone Jeremy Trager deliver remarkable performances as the repressed Dodgson as his darkly flamboyant alter ego. --Albert Williams

Price: $10-$25