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When: Thu., Sept. 1, 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m., Mon., Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m., Fri., Sept. 9, 10 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 11, 8:30 p.m. 2011

If you ran a ninth grader's essay on Albert Camus's The Stranger back and forth through Google Translate a half-dozen times, it might come out looking like this committee-written piece from Sideshow Theatre Company. But then maybe that's not a bad way to adapt absurdist literature. Six well-cast actors evoke the platonic ideals of a waitress, a messenger, and so on with clip-art efficiency. And Joshua Davis's movement coaching pays off in the delightful-to-watch passage that opens the piece, during which the ensemble execute a loop of repeating activities on the claustrophobically small stage. In the end, though, the script lacks the internal rigor that marks the best absurdist theater. Strangerland is too random at some points and heavy-handed at others. --Keith Griffith

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