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Brother Brother

When: Dec. 18-20, 8 p.m. 2014

TOMMY NOONAN AND CLINT LUTES: BROTHER BROTHER

THE CARRACK MODERN ART, DURHAM

THURSDAY, DEC. 18–SATURDAY, DEC. 20

Two men in black briefs jog in place, high-stepping, their athletic shoes rhythmically slapping the floor. One mounts the other's back with a terrified expression. They roughhouse, with one administering to the other what was known in my schoolyard days as a "purple nurple." They shove each other into corners and up walls. Now violent, now tender, they evoke Greco-Roman wrestlers who pause in their exertions to cradle each other like infants. Are these brothers at one or at odds? The question looms over Tommy Noonan and Clint Lutes' 50-minute duet, a high-energy and physically daring piece, created overseas in 2009, which gets its stateside debut in this third show from Durham Independent Dance Artists. The playful, boyish façade seems to mask a deep, vulnerable sadness. The title's doubling is pointed—the brother you love and the brother you hate can be the same person. To learn more about Noonan, DIDA and Brother Brother, see our article from last week at www.indyweek.com. As of press time, only the 5 p.m. Sat. show is not sold out. 8 p.m. Thurs.–Sat.; 5 p.m. Sat., $10, 111 W. Parrish St., 704-213-6666, www.thecarrack.org. —Brian Howe

Price: $10

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