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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 3 2012

Convinced that she's sleeping with a unicorn, citizens of a mythical kingdom foment revolution against their reclusive queen. Their plans are discovered, however, by a charming drunk who claims to be a "player, playwright, and the best poet in the world." Could that be a glib self-reference by the author of this 1922 comedy, William Butler Yeats? The great Irish poet's language bursts with rich images, like the one describing a character's brain as a "bladder of dried peas." But Yeats has a hard time maintaining his allegory, which follows the rollicking revolt as it induces panic in the queen and conflict among the members of the playwright's troupe. Directing the debut production for Anam Gan Ainm ("soul without a name" in Irish), Gwendolyn Kelly-Masterton has little success giving the tale modern resonances. Still, Andrew Mehegan stands out as Yeats's stand-in. —Asher Klein

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