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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 19 2012
Price: $15-$25
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Kobo Abe's rarely performed 1957 play gets an intriguing but haphazard staging from Vitalist Theatre. Set in a Japanese village during the post-World War II American occupation, Abe's modern folktale centers on a traumatized veteran who claims to commune with his friend's ghost, and a con man who cashes in on the village's mounting interest in "Mr. Ghost." The plot gets confusing, and it's hard to tell why. Maybe there's something lost in Donald Keene's mostly excellent translation. Rather than clarifying things, however, director Jaclynn Jutting diddles around the margins with gags that don't land and tinny new song-and-dance numbers. Although Jutting's risk taking can be fun, the overall effect is erratic. —Keith Griffith

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