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Trapped in the Closet: Sing-A-Long Preview 

Wednesday, Jul 31 2013
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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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