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Breath Boxes The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays. Continues through Feb. 15 2013

Two of the three short works comprising the Billy Goat Experiment Theatre Company’s “evening of things” display a flair for the morbid. The third is just inscrutable. The show opens with a dirgelike minimusical in which six performers use toy instruments and rag-doll marionettes to tell a sad, strange tale involving infanticide. Next we meet the singing, dancing Haynes Sisters, one of whom is a parasitic twin growing out of the other’s right shoulder. These pieces are odd but intriguing. Then comes Sonju . . . Split, which features a shadow-puppet vignette of a woman watering a garden, childlike pen-and-ink drawings, felt cutouts of plants and animals, an oversize mannequin, and video projections of a woman’s face—all serving a plot I couldn’t make heads or tails of. —Zac Thompson


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