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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 19 2012
James Manno's new musical is bizarre from start to finish, but in this Alluvium Group production it progresses from disconcerting to mesmerizing. Proteus (not the sea god but an everyman whose greatest accomplishment so far is second place in a pie-eating contest) is thrown into an Odyssey-like quest to find his purpose in life. Along the way he encounters a paper mill on a pirate ship ("powered by productivity"), a writhing, screaming oracle in a green kimono, and a marching band that features a cello and a spoon player. That band spends most of the evening playing onstage, behind a screen, and the music helps draw us into the dream world Proteus inhabits—a place where a game show hosted by the devil is far from the strangest thing that can happen. During a passage where Proteus has to answer questions truthfully, Satan asks, "What makes you happy?" "The smile of a child," Proteus replies. Wrong, he's told—the correct answer is Taco Bell and boobs. —Julia Thiel


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