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Field House Lab in its debut production, a world premiere, shows an admirable eagerness to embrace ambiguity: writer-director Gigi Buffington splinters the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into a dozen stylized scenes, expanding its potential meanings. Orpheus, a singer who's lost his voice after forsaking his true love, is in session with a saffron-garbed, chain-smoking therapist (read Hymen) who leads him on harrowing inner journeys to where the dead Eurydice--or perhaps merely Orpheus's memory of her--awaits rescue. Although the performers' orange-banded jumpsuits make them look like crossing guards at times, Buffington and her savvy design team otherwise create simple, hypnotic images: crossing the Styx, Charon's boat is actually two actors wrapped corpselike in white Lycra. The script ranges too freely, and the actors pay insufficient attention to their inner lives, but the company's ingenious imagery promises profound things to come. Through 4/19: Mon-Tue 7:30 PM. Storefront Theater, Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph, 312-742-8497. $12-$15; industry nights Mon.

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