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A Dream Play 

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Astringent naturalist August Strindberg, who anatomized the war between the sexes and classes in Miss Julie, went on a magical mystery tour with A Dream Play. In his attempt to "imitate the inconsequent yet apparently logical form of a dream," a daughter of the gods spends time with the troubled children of men. Jaclyn Biskup's adaptation (from Edwin Bjorkman's translation) for the Mill Theatre is only partly effective. The text has been lightly updated and intelligently streamlined, but Biskup's staging lacks fluidity and the performances lack confidence. There are witty interludes--a four-headed puppet represents law, medicine, theology, and philosophy--and a few poignant insights, but the company hasn't found the heart of Strindberg's sometimes overheated attempt to unmask the subconscious. --Kerry Reid a Through 7/29: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 4 PM, Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 800-838-3006, $20.

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