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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2015

Will Eno’s very funny, curiously moving hour-long monologue is delivered by an unnamed foreign traveler (Michael Patrick Thornton) whose state of being neither here nor there prompts him to reflect on life’s basic riddles. "Time, place, happiness," he says. "A person should be able to figure it out. It’s only three things." The language is provisional and the mood comically bleak, though tempered by Eno’s compassion for the pitiful, beautiful creatures we humans are. Positioned on a bare stage surrounded by the audience on three sides, the wheelchair-bound Thornton is given nowhere to hide by director Marti Lyons, who entirely forgoes Lookingglass Theatre Company’s trademark acrobatics. Thornton doesn’t need them—his performance is just about perfect, combining an easy geniality with traces of some unspoken heartbreak. —Zac Thompson

Price: $40-$60

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