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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

Poet Robert Bly adapted Henrik Ibsen's massive 1867 masterpiece by hacking away roughly half the text—including nearly the entire fourth act. What's left is still far too much for Polarity Ensemble Theatre to handle. Director Jeremy Wechsler splits the title role between two actors, neither of whom has figured out what might drive a boastful, sensitive, erratic Norwegian farm boy to kidnap and rape a rival's bride, ingratiate himself with the repugnant Troll King, sell slaves, or even peel an onion. The pair bounce unscathed through epic events that should stick to Peer's soul. The supporting actors, meanwhile, have a bad habit of swallowing their lines. Wechsler so muddles the fundamentals of Ibsen's saga that he can't begin to unpack its thorny political and philosophical complexities. —Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$20

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