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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012

In the course of his travels, Charles Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby spends time with the Crummleses, an affably flimflammy family of itinerant theater artistes. Parts of this strange new comedy by Irish-American writer Honor Molloy play like a profane update on that adventure. Our hero, Rasher, is no noble Nicholas. He likes his rock of coke and doesn't draw the line at punching his mum. But he's also sweetly diffident in love. And when he joins a troupe doing "fit-ups" (as in "fit up a curtain, we'll put on a show"), he finds his calling and his community. In fact, so does the play itself: In Pigeon House is ultimately a tribute to the spirit of stage play through the generations. I'm sure I'd have caught a lot more if I were Irish, but patience is rewarded here by Molloy's cunning and surreal sensibility—channeling a whole slew of Irish bards, from Beckett to Martin McDonagh and Enda Walsh—and by the fit-upish elan of Seanachai Theatre's own cast of artistes under the direction of Brian Shaw. —Tony Adler

Price: $26-$30


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