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Mistero Buffo, Comic Mysteries

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A Marxist screed in two parts by Dario Fo. Part one: a kind of visual lecture on medieval class war, organized around the figure of the jongleur--a traveling entertainer who spoke the subversive truth by seeming to be mad. Part two: Christ's passion, dramatized from a prole-peasant point of view. As directed by John Szostek for Piccolo Theatre, the lecture's meant to remind us that money still swears, while the dramatization seems calculated to take back Christianity from the political right. Laudable goals--but this earnest 33-year-old vehicle can't get us to them. Fo wrote before the Internet democratized fanaticism; his dialectical pieties fail to account for freelancers with dirty bombs. The show ends up as nostalgia for simpler oppressions. Opens Fri 3/31, 8 PM. Through 5/13: Fri 8 PM, Sat 7 PM, Sun 3 PM, Evanston Arts Depot, 600 Main, Evanston, 847-424-0089, $15-$20.

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