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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 31 2018

Promo materials describe this 70-minute Walkabout Theater show as an "experimental cabaret" set in "a cafe at the edge of the world." I didn't really get that. To me it seemed as if the seven souls before me had already fallen off the world and were channeling bits of 20th-century culture they picked up on radio frequencies as they tumbled through space: movie scenes, torch songs and pop tunes, a snatch of Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon. A woman in a satin negligee suggested Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight, and so did a man in a ball gown. But the premise didn't matter in the end. Neither did any other rational concern. Directed by Thom Pasculli and devised by the ensemble with Fides Krucker, The Brink makes fierce poetic sense of love, loss, and media. The physicality of the thing is gorgeous and exhilarating, with particularly sharp contributions from Cooper Forsman and McCambridge Dowd-Whipple. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$20

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