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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 31 2009

Using Robert Darnton's book The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History as a jumping-off point, adapter and director Mikalina Rabinsky has created a high-spirited hybrid of commedia, puppetry, satire, profane parody, and Story Theater. Divided revue-style into nine interrelated but self-contained scenes, the show chronicles an 18th-century Parisian workers' revolt in which overworked apprentices took revenge on their slave-driving masters by slaughtering "sackloads" of their master's better-treated pets: house cats. The three-person ensemble--Susan Payne, Michael Quinn, and Jay Reed--leap from white-faced clowning to mask work to outrageous burlesque with prodigious grace, power, and aplomb in this Black Cat Theatre production. Payne's solo performance of a cat-filled opera parody is laugh-out-loud funny. --Jack Helbig

Price: $15

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