Two One-Acts by Beau O'Reilly Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 3 2010

Curious Theatre Branch premieres two surreal works by writer-director Beau O'Reilly--one of them, Dead to the World, a tad long but breathtakingly crazy. Kate Teichman gives a mind- and gender-bending solo performance as a strung-out guy fixated on women, delivering O'Reilly's kaleidoscopic torrent of words with dead-on, slack-jawed cluelessness. O'Reilly's ingenious staging uses only a shop light, a bench, and odd, evocative movement to capture the character's strange journeys and encounters. For all its eccentricity, Dead feels far more real than the comparatively conventional No Longer the Rock of the World, in which two grieving people--an artist and a determined philistine--battle over the value of art. Brittle performances and spare live music convey neither grief nor fervor here; if an emotional disconnect is intended, the reason is unclear. --Laura Molzahn

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