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click to enlarge Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser

Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser

Joe Mazza

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 13 2017
Price: $25, $9.99 students; pay what you can at the door Thu 4/27, 5/4, and 5/11
As Leah Urzendowski and Anthony Courser strut, preen, dance, curse, and diddle their way through 70 minutes of elaborate, childish mayhem in their self-proclaimed Joy Womb (actually the dark little Neo-Futurarium lined top to bottom with comfy old bedsheets), very little makes sense. Is this precious, foul-mouthed pair in rainbow-hued face paint and Cirque du Soleil-esque unitards hosting a terrible children’s television show, rehearsing an intricate, meaningless ritual, or simply fucking around to stave off despair? Who cares? Inscrutability gives the show its beguiling power, as though luminous preconscious impulses have been loosed upon our drearily rational world. Director Adrian Danzig creates an exquisitely complex tone: sunny, bewildering, unaccountably ominous. Only in the final moments, when the performers start clarifying their intentions, does the piece lose a bit of its fascination. —Justin Hayford

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