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When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Oct. 3 2010

The off-Loop theater scene regularly spits out marvels, so it should surprise no one that two-year-old StrangeLoop Theatre has mounted a thoughtfully directed, efficiently designed, and convincingly acted production on a shoestring. What's mind-blowing is that Dustin Spence's politically sophisticated, psychologically intricate play is his first. In a series of carefully orchestrated two-person scenes, Spence follows a quartet of displaced souls trying to reinvent themselves in a newly independent but repressive Belarus. His interlocking stories depict a world where idealism is gradually extinguished by romantic desertions and state brutality. Despite bouts of emotionalism and some too-sudden character shifts, Spence knows how to make 75 minutes matter. --Justin Hayford

Price: $10-$15

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