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Kafka describes the plot of his unfinished 400-page novel, in which hapless land surveyor K. fails to find the government official he believes has engaged his services, as "marching in place." In this 2002 off-Broadway hit, adapters David Fishelson and Aaron Leichter condense the book's nonaction to 90 minutes and exaggerate its comedic paranoia. But not surprisingly they can't really make the story march forward. Right Brain Project's midwest premiere features Tony Ingram and Nathan Robbel's charred, corroded set, which strands K. in the pit of an abandoned furnace, and as director, Robbel cleverly turns the 11-person ensemble into K's "accidental" tormentors. But generally hesitant performances and ample swallowed dialogue dampen many of Robbel's and Kafka's most vivid images. --Justin Hayford a Through 6/16: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, Trap Door Theatre, 1655 W. Cortland, 773-384-0494, $10-$15.

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