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Soiree Dada: Neue Weltaffen

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Even if our elected leaders didn't seem to have sprung directly from a George Grosz cartoon, the precisely delineated tomfoolery the WNEP Theater unleashes in the latest installment of its intermittent "Soiree Dada" series would deserve a standing ovation. Or at the very least an approving hail of biscuits. I don't know that a gen-u-ine Dada show is possible in the postmodern age, but these angry clowns pull off something close to it thanks to their classic combination of ultraheavy commitment and a featherlight touch--even when verbally assaulting members of the audience, they're pros who keep matters from spinning out of control. Don Hall's invisible direction is strong, and there's no weak link in the cast of four; but 'NEP stalwarts Jen Ellison, who commands the proceedings in drag, and Bob Wilson, whose canid-laden monologues are the show's most affecting, howl loudest of all. Through 5/28: Thu-Sat 8 PM. No show Fri 5/27. Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-755-1693. $10-$15.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Don Hall.

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