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Michael K. Meyers 

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If you've been befuddled by Michael K. Meyers's cryptic ensemble pieces over the years yet charmed by his naive, evocative texts, you're in luck. This weekend Meyers performs his newest piece, In the Sky Above Prague, with uncharacteristic straightforwardness, standing alone onstage and reciting three simple stories. In each he muses on the romantic parallels between his life and the life of Franz Kafka. Kafka was "interested in women," Meyers says, and "spent his time trying to marry them," only to find his own perfectionism getting in the way. "Basically he kept writing to women and saying, 'I love you, but are you sure you want to marry me?'" In his opening story Meyers sets himself up for similar heartbreak by falling in love with an imaginary dental hygienist he consciously imagines as a cardboard character--that way he'll never be able to get too close to her. Meyers may be shooting from the hip this time around, but don't expect things to be too tidy. Where a lesser artist might conclude, Meyers merely hints. A little befuddlement is good for the soul. Carmela Rago, also on the bill, performs Pocket Venus, three monologues about female identity in contemporary society. Blue Rider Theatre, 1822 S. Halsted, 733-4668. Friday and Saturday, 8 PM. $10.

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