Theater Pick

In A Murder One Less, a quantum-physics-inspired piece, a man (Brandon Kruhm) sits on a bench, naked to the waist, contemplating his hands, his body tattooed with words you can’t quite make out. An Eleanor Rigby-ish young woman (Julie Rada, who also wrote the script) enters; two suitcases dangle from a yoke around her neck. The man describes her thoughts and actions; she in turn describes his. Certain images recur. They speak of “a murder of crows,” of moths and lions, of postmen and bathrooms. There’s a lot of water: It drips from one of her cases and soaks the pages she periodically retrieves from it. We learn that the man’s house is sentient and highly intelligent. It likes Heidegger and Nietzsche, amuses itself by creating theories and conducting experiments. All this could be both boring and pretentious, but instead it's mesmerizing. You find yourself reflecting on time and space and the evocative power of objects, and Rada's encounter with the house is a little reminiscent of Alice's problems with the ever-shrinking White Rabbit residence. See Murder on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, only at BINDERY/space, 2180 Stout Street; call 720-221-3821 or go to
Fri., Sept. 25, 8 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., 2009
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Juliet Wittman is an investigative reporter and critic with a passion for theater, literature, social justice and food. She has reviewed theater for Westword for over a decade; for many years, she also reviewed memoirs for the Washington Post. She has won several journalism awards and published essays and short stories in literary magazines. Her novel, Stocker's Kitchen, can be obtained at select local bookstores and on Amazon.
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