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click to enlarge Derik Iverson, Kamille Dawkins, Jae K. Renfrow, Johnard Washington, and Scottie Caldwell

Derik Iverson, Kamille Dawkins, Jae K. Renfrow, Johnard Washington, and Scottie Caldwell

Evan Hanover

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 16 2016
Price: $20, students and seniors $15
akvavittheatre.org
Akvavit Theatre bills prolific Swedish playwright Sofia Fredén's overcrowded comedy—five young, aimless Stockholm residents and one middle-aged rich guy become ensnared in increasingly dire romantic, familiar, and domestic entanglements until they're all unlikely roommates in a one-room apartment—as madcap. But Fredén's philosophical musings on the nature of desire, ambition, and autonomy, as well as her beguilingly porous logic, make the two-plus hours semihypnotically droll. Director Breahan Eve Pautsch cagily exploits the humor and dread inherent in the play's elusive tone, aided by her cast's sophisticated performances (as the ultimately self-absorbed burnout Alan, Jae K. Renfrow delivers the evening's funniest and most harrowing moments). Akvavit artistic director Chad Eric Bergman provides the fleet English translation as well as the crafty scenic design. —Justin Hayford

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