is an impressive undertaking in which nine pieces of visual art by local artists inspire nine pieces of theatrical art by local playwrights. The evenings highlights include: Sharon Yablons Look Up, about a family lost in an illusion of itself buying a house in a gated community from a quirky realtor (a captivating performance by Tina Preston); Rachel Jendrzejewskis Kiss to the Bluejays, which depicts four disparate people desperately clinging to hope; Coleman Houghs strangely compelling Dressed for Dinner, a kind of latter-day Waiting for Godot; and Heidi Darchuks (K)nots, a wonderland of tattoos come to life, featuring the standout Caroline Duncan as a peculiar pirate. However noble this experiment may be, the effort suffers from the translucence of its conceit: The short plays are often strangled by the self-consciousness from reflecting the nine pieces of art. And, being such a bold commitment to showcase an array of artists, perhaps the show could have benefited from a unified curatorial voice shaping the overall effect. But enough sparks of inspiration keep A Thousand Words continually engaging. Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: June 13. Continues through June 29, 2008
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