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The Seven Secret Plays of Madame Caprice Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 21 2015
Price: $20-$30
I've seen Silent Theatre do much, much better but never worse than this vaguely conceived, sloppily executed attempt at whimsy. Wallowing in saccharine wisdom-of-madness cliches, this "meta-theatrical adventure" posits a mysterious and magical woman named Esteliana Caprice, who invites five joyless misfits to a party at her home, where she turns them into joyful misfits. Her project connects somehow to the mostly inscrutable "plays" of the title, which are acted out by the misfits, sometimes to narration and sometimes to songs performed by a live quartet. Though the cast can be charming in short bursts, the general flakiness quickly becomes hard to take. And so do the seating arrangements. Writer/director Tonika Todorova has opted for an alley staging, with three rows of chairs placed on either side of a long, narrow playing area; since there are also thick pillars on either side, big chunks of the action are lost to audience members in the second and third rows. —Tony Adler


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