Las Mil y Una Noches (1001 Nights) 

Spain's Comediants, last seen here in 1988 as part of the International Theatre Festival of Chicago, return with a stark but sensual exploration of selected Arabian Nights tales, set in a devastated library in Baghdad. The ravaged set, which includes steel girders and a fire burning in an oil barrel, provides a cunning framework for the ravishing series of stories within stories. Even if your Spanish is rusty or you don't know the language, the show's hypnotic music and strong visuals, including sinuous movement interludes and provocative shadow work behind scrims, make the images resonate. One caveat: the sexual themes in Las Mil y Una Noches mean it's definitely not for kids. Thu 8/10, 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8/11-8/12, 8 PM, Sun 8/13, 2 and 7:30 PM, $15-$25.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/courtesy of Comediants.

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