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She/Three, about three of Shakespeare's heroines, is a collaborative multimedia reunion of sorts for four talented former members of Xsight! Performance Group. Julia Rhoads, now Lucky Plush's artistic director, shot the video prologue and epilogue; Marianne Kim created the middle section, a dance film about Lady Macbeth. Brian Jeffery choreographed the first section, devoted to Romeo and Juliet and set to music by Clinic and Yo La Tengo, among others. Jeffery takes a somewhat unorthodox approach to the narrative, emphasizing the relationship between the warring families: at first hostile, they form a community when the lovers die, united by the funeral rituals. The final section, made up of text and movement, is Peter Carpenter's gender-blind, fractured take on Ophelia: the role is split between six performers while Hamlet (Nicole Garneau) acts as our guide. In a remarkable act of imagination Carpenter focuses not only on melancholia and the feminine but on the physical sensations of drowning, which provide much of the movement vocabulary. And like Jeffery, he creates an ending that emphasizes community rather than isolation or tragedy. a Opens Thu 11/30, 8 PM. Through 12/9: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn, 312-337-6543, $15-$20.

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