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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 9 2012

Funny, Rob Riley doesn't look Jewish. He retains a resolutely Irish aspect all the way through his 90-minute, mostly solo turn as Richard Feynman, the American physicist who won a Nobel Prize for explaining quantum electrodynamics to the world. That can be a bit distracting whenever Feynman's status as a nonbelieving Jew comes up for discussion. But if he isn't plausible as a member of the tribe, Riley still does nicely as a quick, inquisitive, affable yet intense scientist who sings Rodgers & Hammerstein, speaks fluent Russian, dances to Tuvan throat singing, and has a uniquely concrete way of imagining the subatomic universe. We see Feynman in 1988, as cancer was about to kill him, but there's little sense of the valedictory here. In this Theatre4humanity staging of Peter Parnell's 2001 play, Riley's Feynman gives a charming account of his life and methods, and even has energy left over for an inappropriate encounter with a coed. —Tony Adler

Price: $18-$25


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