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Direct My Woyzeck Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wednesdays. Continues through Feb. 21 2018

In Chris Zdenek’s joyous, preposterous hour-long event with the Official Theater Company of. Thyssenkrupp AG, the audience must select from its ranks a production team (director, designers), audition five actors (all at once), and then stage several scenes from Georg Büchner’s feverish 19th-century masterwork Woyzeck according to an inflexible schedule (three minutes for blocking, four minutes for “scene work,” etc.). When it’s over, the audience must forge a mission statement for the impromptu theater company, then listen to a freshly written review of the performance. In robust Fluxus tradition, Zdenek celebrates amateurism while ridiculing the uptight conventions of “legit” theater. The scenes my audience staged were gleefully awful, one led by a director whose only instruction to his cast was “Act!” Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance

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