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Ryan Burkett

When: Thursdays. Continues through May 25 2017
Price: $10
With no set, a couple props, bare-bones lighting, and costumes likely pulled from the five performers’ closets, it seems the Public House Theatre spent no more than 12 cents on playwright/director Ryan Burkett’s odd, unassuming 75-minute play. But what a return on investment. Burkett begins with what appear to be quirky comic sketches—tween Neighborhood Watch girls hunting for missing paperboys, former lovers tracking down unaccountable late-night apartment noises, scientists hunting for radio transmissions from “alternate selves”—and gradually weaves them into a coy tale of small-town alienation told through ingeniously manipulated Hollywood sci-fi tropes. It’s heady, confounding, delightful stuff, weakened only by a half dozen too many endings. The cast, all playing multiple roles, handle the stylistically complex material with confidence and panache. —Justin Hayford

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