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Chaste Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 26 2010

It's hard to think of a theatrical team more in sync than director Kate Hendrickson and playwright Ken Prestininzi. For their third outing at Trap Door Theatre, they turn an arcane historical curiosity--the chaste "Winterplan" commune that German intellectuals Friedrich Nietzsche, Paul Ree, and Lou Salome formed briefly in 1882--and turn it into a heady, intoxicating swirl of screwball comedy, philosophical debate, and lecherous fever dream. As in his previous Trap Door premieres, AmeriKafka and Beholder, Prestininzi fractures his plot as much as his characters, yet for the first time he builds a clear arc nearly to the finish (things peter out in his final scene). Hendrickson, with the aid of a nimble, exuberant cast, builds that arc with manic precision. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20, two-for-one Thursdays

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