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When: Wed., Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Nov. 19, 7 p.m. Continues through Dec. 17 2011

It's a ludicrous pairing, but it works. Belgian theater company Salomme Speelt presents Date Me!—Noemi Schlosser's flip, semi-improvised contemporary comedy about oversexed 30-somethings—in repertory with The Sound of Silence, Jean Cocteau's 1940 psychological drama in which a woman berates and implores a lover who sits silently behind a newspaper. Schlosser's sharp wit and emotional depth drive both plays as she takes on the role written for Edith Piaf in the Cocteau work and the part of a catty cokehead in her own. Seeing Schlosser in such different roles is an enchanting step through the looking glass. Oddly, the weaknesses of each play—an overly stylized staging in Silence and persistent, goofy attempts at audience interaction in Date Me!—form a symmetry that improves both. Tickets for back-to-back Saturday performances are $40. —Keith Griffith

Price: $20

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