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click to enlarge Mike Hamilton, Kaitlyn Andrews, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Ida Cuttler, and Nick Hart

Mike Hamilton, Kaitlyn Andrews, Dan Kerr-Hobert, Ida Cuttler, and Nick Hart

Joe Mazza

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 18 2017
Price: $25, $10 students, Thursday nights pay what you can
This remarkable play by Neo-Futurist Kirsten Riiber asks how it feels to remember nothing. To lose, first, the reality at hand—where your comb is, what day it is, who let you into the room. Then the big stuff. Hitchhiking in the south of France that summer with a girl in a yellow jumpsuit. Weddings, birthdays. The nostalgias: famous movie lines, "three easy payments of $19.95," first kisses. Finally, like the flicker of a dying match in a dark theater, everything goes. What happens to the memories? What will happen to us without them? Inspired in part by Riiber’s work as an assistant in a retirement community, the piece challenges its audiences to experience the decline into oblivion as sufferers of dementia themselves experience it. The result is a funny, scary, and ultimately transformative journey. Jen Ellison directs. —Max Maller

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