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The Infernal Machine The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Wed., Nov. 3, Thu., Nov. 4 and Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 21 2010

A cryptic, lyrical four-act monster blending surrealist aesthetics with anti-fascist politics, Jean Cocteau's 1934 reworking of the Oedipus myth is a tough nut for any director to crack. Beverle Bloch and Raymond Cleveland try slashing it down to a light-hearted 90 minutes for this InnateVolution Theater production, staged on the dance floor of an Andersonville bar. Their highly idiosyncratic approach works best in scenes that combine quirky humor with evocative imagery, as when the Sphinx--played as a perpetually jilted prom queen--struggles to rein in a statuesque, menacing Anubis who seems ready to bite Oedipus's head off. But their attempts at broad, campy farce undermine the play's complexity and intrigue. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20

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