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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 2 2012

With each new semi-opera (i.e., scored chamber work with occasional singing), writer David Amaral and composer Joshua Dumas move further from the charming ambiguities that made their first collaboration so engrossing, taking an increasingly literal approach to their subject matter. This new 75-minute piece is potentially beguiling: it's narrated by the ghost of a World War II soldier who's tossed across time and space by the random thoughts of strangers yet keeps popping up in the lives of his lover and son, both of whom are wrestling with mental illness. But Amaral's cast find little depth in it; they play most everything at face value. The only enigmatic resonances come from Dumas's aching, seemingly incongruous arias based on Tennyson's "Ulysses." —Justin Hayford

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