The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2015

For 16 years on Trap Door's tiny Bucktown stage, Nicole Wiesner has been compelling, elusive, and ferocious. It turns out her directing is exponentially more so. In only her second stab at Trap Door’s helm, she turns Meg Miroshnik’s thrillingly inscrutable 2012 play—in which a young Russian-born American woman returns to a post-Soviet Moscow of folkloric mystery and menace—into a multivalent, hallucinogenic thrill ride that never makes rational sense yet rarely fails to mesmerize. She’s aided by a cast of mostly Trap Door veterans who sprint through Miroshnik’s intricate, demanding text with hardly a moment’s falter, rendering its opulent ambiguity with eidetic clarity. While the panicked pacing grows wearying in spots, Wiesner magically makes irrationality cogent. You’d think she’d been directing for decades. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$25

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