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Bride of Acacias

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Before seeing Ezzat Goushegir's play, read up on Iranian poet and filmmaker Forugh Farrokhzad. Otherwise it may prove difficult to follow the tidbits in this one-woman biographical show, presented as unfinished thoughts hindered by sudden transitions. Set in 1950s Iran and 1960s Germany and incorporating translations of Farrokhzad's poetry as dialogue and, less effectively, in voice-over, the play is more successful at capturing the unconventional poet's strong personality than the details of her life, delving into Farrokhzad's sadness, sensuality, and longing for both freedom and love. Under Dana Friedman's direction, Jenn SavaRyan is intense and infinitely changeable. She's even effective at seducing a telephone or pleading with an empty chair as if they were lovers or angry husbands. Through 6/11: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-828-4444, $15-$25.

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