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Light Waves and Their Uses Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 26 2011

In last year's exquisite One Thing and Everything Else, composer Joshua Dumas and director David Amaral dove to the heart of Raymond Carver's short story "Gazebo"--splintering, looping, and superimposing scenes, juxtaposing hypernaturalistic acting with incongruous bursts of song. This sophomore effort, a semi-opera curiously light on singing, dabbles around the edges of its fascinating subject--visionary American physicist Albert Michelson--without finding a center. Eighty minutes of attenuated, dutiful scenes deliver little beyond a fictionalized Michelson, lost in his calculations. Jon Stutzman is a charmingly pathetic Michelson, and some brief dance interludes (minimalism in lab coats) are mesmerizing. But Dumas and Amaral focus so intently on one thing that they forget everything else. --Justin Hayford

Price: $12


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