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Trapped in the Closet: Sing-A-Long Preview 

Wednesday, Jul 31 2013

Among this early millennium's pop culture oddities, there is basically nothing as confounding, notorious, and weirdly delightful as the R. Kelly song cycle Trapped in the Closet. A now-33-chapter drama of cheating, counter-cheating, and counter-counter-cheating, with characters involved in something more approaching a love dodecahedron than a mere triangle, Trapped in the Closet is the kind of audiovisual production that could only be created by a warped, libidinous, utterly unselfconscious mind like R. Kelly's. So it should be interesting this week when the Castro Theatre offers the first 22 chapters of the saga up for a live sing-along, complete with goody bags, props, and custom subtitles that should make crowd participation easy, even for those of us whose pipes aren't nearly as athletic as Kelly's.

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