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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 26 2012

Sarah Kane made a considerable splash as one of the British In-Yer-Face playwrights of the 1990s, but her greatest notoriety came with her suicide at the end of that decade. Which isn't to say that her death overshadowed her plays. Since much of what Kane wrote amounts to an argument for self-slaughter, her theater and her end can be taken as elements of a seamless oeuvre. Case in point: this tortured, lyrical piece for four voices—or "characters," if you're willing to stretch things a bit. Named A, B, C, and M, the four interact in ways that suggest interchangeable identities or the fragmented expression of a single consciousness or maybe just a chorus anchored by the refrain, "I feel nothing, nothing. I feel nothing." In this production inaugurating the Blind Owl theater company, director Azar Kazemi uses physical movement cannily, to create the sense of dynamic tension culminating in a kind of confrontation. The result is still difficult, still confounding at anything like a narrative level, but it makes for an interesting 60 minutes. —Tony Adler

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