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Lulu's Silent Charm 

Wednesday, Sep 13 2006
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In German playwright Frank Wedekind's Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, sexy heroine Lulu floated through the Berlin high society of the late 1800s and early 1900s, inflaming the passions of both men and women and prompting betrayal, revenge, and murder. (She later became an icon of the Jazz Age thanks to G.W. Pabst's 1929 film Pandora's Box, starring Louise Brooks.) The Silent Theatre Company's production of Lulu is based on those plays and is, obviously, silent. It's also exuberantly acted, cast in shadows, accompanied by piano, and frequently subtitled, all of which makes Lulu look just like a silent film, which is the intriguing and fascinating point. The play, which features a cast dressed in dead-on black-and-white period costumes, first premiered in 2005; it comes to us now after a run at the New York Fringe Festival.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Sept. 7. Continues through Oct. 31

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