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click to enlarge Ben Ferguson in The Hunter and the Bear

Ben Ferguson in The Hunter and the Bear

Michael Brosilow

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 22 2017
Price: $35-$80
More appropriate to Halloween than the winter holidays but welcome all the same, this "musical folktale" from New York-based Pigpen Theatre Co. presents a ghost story that takes Beowulf, M. Night Shyamalan, and Mumford & Sons on a trek through the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Last time Pigpen came to Writers Theatre, in 2013, they brought a fable called The Old Man and the Old Moon, in which treacle fought it out with fuzzy thinking to see which could be most annoying. (Too close to call.) Though the current piece suffers from some of the same issues—lots of things don't make sense, and even hard-bitten loggers get mighty cute—the problems are held in check by a narrative that keeps you guessing, shivery effects, and seven musician/actor/puppeteers working at a high level of skill. —Tony Adler

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