Thinking Outside the Magician's Box | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Thinking Outside the Magician's Box 

When: Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 25 2017
Price: $12 in advance, $15 or pay what you can at the door
Curious Theatre Branch describes the ramifications of cutting a woman in half—the central theme of this chamber opera—as "pataphysical," an indication of the extreme eccentricity of Sue Cargill and Matt Test's amelodic and absurdist work. Don't expect a lot of toe tapping, but do expect a wry and occasionally hypnotic half hour of singing, seemingly improvised piano plunking, and musical-saw bowing by Carrie Drapac, T-Roy Martin, and Test. Comedic thought experiments about performance and lyrics about fleas provide all of the head scratching, grandiosity, and esoterica that are the staples of unabashedly experimental opera. —Dan Jakes

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