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click to enlarge Kelly Anchors and Beau O'Reilly

Kelly Anchors and Beau O'Reilly

Jeffrey Bivens

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through May 14 2017
Price: $12 in advance online, $15 or pay what you can at the door
An uncredited note in the program warns, "If this play goes on longer than 42 minutes, I am walking off the stage." Curious Theatre Branch's ensemble keeps that promise, curtain call be damned, by way of an alarm clock in this dedication to company collaborator Ryan Wright, who died unexpectedly at the age of 29 in March. Playwright and performer Beau O'Reilly loosely ties together Dylan Thomas recitations, quirky movement pieces, absurdist fragments pulled out of a chest, and metatheatrics with audience plants to create a sober, impressionistic montage of artists feeling lost in the wilderness. The specifics are largely inscrutable, but as a postmortem among friends, this is one of those rare projects that has value over and above what it communicates to audiences. —Dan Jakes



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