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Eagle Experiment 

Wednesday, Feb 19 2014

In 1896 Alfred Jarry's Ubu Roi opened and closed on the same night amid thunderous derision: Experimental theater was born. Today, Cutting Ball's production of Ubu Roi is so popular, the run was extended, forcing the avant-garde theater to find a temporary home for its annual festival of new work, Risk Is This. It will be worth it. The staged readings take us from the isolation of Ex Machina, the tale of a smart-phone factory worker toiling at the edge of a trash-filled abyss, written by Beijing's Monsters Down! co-founder David Jacobi, to Wink, a satirical look at what happens to a couple when their strayed pet cat undergoes an unsettling transformation, written by Juilliard fellow Jen Silverman. During Risk, "poetic truth" routs naturalism, and "distorting reality" is de rigueur (it's in the submission guidelines). To that end, playwright-in-residence Andrew Saito, a Fulbright Scholar, boasts two slots. The opener, Stegosaurus (or) Our Golden Years, is about a young couple whose taxidermy sideline profits from a sudden and literal windfall of bald eagles.

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 28. Continues through March 29, 2014

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