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Einstein's Dreams 

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Alan Lightman's precious, largely banal 1993 best seller makes for precious, largely banal theater. Snapshots of imagined worlds where time operates unconventionally--sometimes flowing back and forth, sometimes stopping, sometimes sticking here or there--are supposed to represent Einstein's fantasies while developing his special theory of relativity in 1905. But most are too pedestrian or logically inconsistent to have seduced the unconscious of a great genius. Directors Dawn Arnold and Patrizia L. Acerra remount their 2000 show, this time for Clock Productions and Moving Dock Theatre Company, and coax subtler, more convincing performances from the new cast, who are captivating when they do something besides simply act out the narrated text. Too often, though, the staging is as unimaginative as the book. Through 12/18: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM. No show Thu 11/17-11/24. Chopin Theatre, 1543 W. Division, 773-381-7140. $15-$22; industry shows Sun.

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