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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 20 2009

This is a beautiful show in so many ways. The combination of Barb Staples's costumes and Stephanie Schultz's make-up yields marvelous creatures, including sexy twin acrobats with Betty Boop lips, a pair of larcenous cats straight out of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, and a creepy, Rumpelstiltskin-esque Goblin Man. A four-piece band supplies a compelling accompaniment to the mostly wordless storytelling. And a few performances--notably that Marvin Eduardo Quijada as the Barker--have the physical vividness Norma Desmond, the mad silent film star in Sunset Boulevard, is talking about when she says, "We had faces!" But all this attention to sensual elements seems to have drained the Silent Theatre Company's energy for careful, coherent narrative. The tale of an innocent who joins a cursed carny comes across as unclear and ungrounded. --Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20


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