Whenever theatre starts looking like the Same Old Same Old, we can count on the dirigo group to stage something that makes it fresh and novel again. It may be a new look at a play we know (or think we do) – such as Ibsen’s gloomy Hedda Gabler, which they gave a full-body makeover, dolling it up in 1950s cocktail attire and dabbing its neck with the provocative scent of the Love That Dares Not Speak Its Name – or it may be a new look at people we know (or think we do), like the amiable, decent characters in Bash, whose stories reveal that even nice folks are capable of unspeakable crimes. Whatever they do, the dirigites’ inventiveness, commitment, and bravery guarantees that the world will look a little different after you leave their show.
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