by Dave Malloy (Crow’s Theatre/Eclipse Theatre Company). Interwoven narratives spanning 7 centuries run through this haunted song cycle about love, death and whiskey. Opens Oct 5 and runs to Nov 10, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $27-$47.
New Yorker Malloys atmospheric song cycle provides a kaleidoscopic investigation of a multi-layered story and its touchstones (a fiddle, a breastbone, a bear, stardust, a photograph of a ghost). Structurally, the musical unfurls like a double-record box set, each new number quietly announced by number and title. As tracks and sides progress, we jump from one theme to the next, small nuggets of information accumulating like a whodunit, seduced into sticking with it by compelling performances (from Kira Guloien, Hailey Gillis, Beau Dixon and Andrew Penner) and sweet arrangements.
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