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Paris 76

When: March 19-21, 8:15 p.m., March 26-28, 8:15 p.m., Sun., March 29, 2 p.m. and April 1-4, 8:15 p.m. 2015


MANBITES DOG THEATERIt's beginning to look a lot like Paris. While Bare Theatre whisks off Shakespeare's Measure for Measure to the Parisian jazz age, director Jaybird O'Berski subtly warps the sound and style of the same setting in this original cabaret noir. Actors including Shelby Hahn and Dana Marks embody a Vamp, an Emcee, a Woman with a Dangerous Past and other cinematic figures. In period garb and dramatic light, they languorously strum ukuleles, crooning songs of devotion with an enthralled air. They constantly and universally smoke, as if stuck in archetypal moments spliced out of time. A Clairvoyant's disembodied face floats in the background. A tuxedoed Gender Artist turns to face us wearing half a mustache. The Mute is a silent film star radiating an indefinable vengeance from under her low cloche hat. This is musical comedy through a dream-smeared lens, a trip to a wartime Paris cabaret (with context-appropriate table seating) that's just a little trippy. 8:15 p.m. Thurs.Sat. and Weds. April 1; 2 p.m. Sun. March 29, $5$20, 703 Foster St., Durham, 919-682-3343, —Brian Howe

Price: $5-$25


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