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The Silent Theatre Company, a spinoff of the Journeymen, makes its Chicago debut with this remount of the parent company's 2002 silent-movie-style adaptation of expressionist godfather Frank Wedekind's "Lulu" cycle--best known as the basis for the G.W. Pabst films that catapulted Louise Brooks and her haircut into immortality. Here it takes shape as an artful blend of stylized movement, projected intertitles, and a programmatic piano score played live by its composer, the marvelous Isaiah Robinson. The editing between these elements is seamless, and the production values are similarly flawless--especially Tzveta Dontcheva's gorgeous black-and-white costumes and Gina Cornejo's hyperarticulate choreography. Hats off to director Toniko Todorova, spitting-image lead Kyla Louise Webb, and the rest of the riveting, ridiculously skilled cast. Through 12/18: Fri-Sat 10:30 PM, Sun 8 PM. City Lit Theater Company, Edgewater Presbyterian Church, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr, 773-544-1749. $15.

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