The Silent Language Closing (Theater and Galleries) Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 9 2013

Adapted from a Serbian folktale, Miodrag Stanisavljevic's whimsical 1981 one-act feels like an amalgam of dozens of other fairy stories. A poor but worthy young man, Poor Gasho, saves a magical snake and is given a reward: the ability to speak the silent language of animals and plants. He sets out to save a beautiful princess from an evil elf, using his gift to overcome various obstacles along the way. In bringing this story to the stage, director Jacqueline Stone amps up the charm, packing her production with beguiling touches: fascinating masks (Kirk Anderson) and thrift shop costumes (Branimira Ivanova), not to mention an ensemble that plays well together and knows how to convey both the darkness and light of this rich tale. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$25

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