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Seven Doors The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 11 2011

This absurdist one-act by one of Germany's most-produced playwrights, Botho Strauss, punctures the illusion that relationships are built on mutual understanding. Where the rest of us imagine order, Strauss sees raucous miscommunication and strange, competing narratives. In Premiere Theatre & Performance Company's remount based on a 2008 staging, the characters make their muddle amidst rapid scene changes, techno music, and soft neon lightscapes. Perhaps fittingly, the ensemble never quite jell despite lively, playful performances by Jeff Dolecek, David Ello, and Hank Hilbert. Ironically, disorder onstage demands the highest level of cohesion from those who bring it. University of Chicago professor Peter Jansen wrote the translation. –Elly Fishman

Price: $15

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