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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2014

Cube Ensemble's bare-bones slog through Peter Brooks's 70-minute distillation of Bizet's 1875 opera is subtitle free, and my high school French is rusty. So I guess it's about a tarot-reading skank who plays a short-tempered soldier against some guy who maybe thinks he's a bull. And everyone's a misogynist. If there's more going on, the nebulous acting in Reshmi Hazra’s perfunctory staging gives little indication. On Ingrid Larson's head-scratcher set—it resembles a storm-damaged, kimono-draped wharf with wagon wheels—it's hard to know where anything is supposed to take place. But the uncredited accompanist makes an inadequately tuned upright piano soar, and the voices are entirely pleasing throughout. Once I realized I didn’t have to keep my eyes open, I had a fine time. —Justin Hayford

Price: $35

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