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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 29 2012

Back from the front after World War I, a German soldier finds that a profiteer has stolen his fiancee and the ruling class has grabbed just about everything else. Meanwhile, workers are in the streets of Berlin, supporting the socialist uprising of 1919. Though this early work by Bertolt Brecht is longwinded and repetitive, it occasionally conveys an unsettling, shell-shocked horror reminiscent of the paintings of Weimar artists George Grosz and Otto Dix. Stefan Brun's staging of his own adaptation is strangely listless and hazy; he's got the cast doing a lot of staggering around and delivering lines as if in a trance. Perhaps this is meant to impart a dreamlike quality. It imparts a zombielike quality instead. —Zac Thompson

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