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When: Fridays-Sundays and Nov. 3-4. Continues through Oct. 30 2011

"Ahab is forever Ahab," declares the crazed captain of the Pequod. But he takes on many guises in Blake Montgomery's stage version of Herman Melville's classic novel. A reworking of Montgomery's 2006 production, this intelligent and muscular distillation allows a fluid six-member ensemble to tag team through all the roles. As the actors slip in and out of a battered black coat representing the one-legged obsessive, we see how much, as Ishmael says, "Ahab's quenchless feud seemed mine," and wonder whether he was born that way or was turned mad by circumstance. Adept visuals (a broken navigational quadrant provides poignant foreshadowing) and three percussionists banging out Kevin O'Donnell's urgent soundscape add emotional heft to Montgomery's stripped-down, utterly captivating show. --Kerry Reid

Price: $12-$22

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