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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2012

A pioneering 20th-century mindfuck, and the godfather of every postmodern mindfuck that came after, Luigi Pirandello's classic play posits a family of characters who've been imagined by an author but never fully realized. Anguished over their twilight existence, they invade a theater where a company is rehearsing and demand to be the next play. The family and the ensemble begin a process that will ultimately call into question the reality of reality and the unreality of fiction. Pirandello called his script a satire, ending it on a note that subverts the dark tale the family has to tell, and director Halena Kays plays much of this 90-minute show, appropriately and effectively, for laughs. But Kays and adapter Steve Moulds also recognize the ability of even made-up moments to be devastating. Their production for the Hypocrites allows those moments to resonate powerfully. —Tony Adler

Price: $28-$36


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