When is a corpse not just a corpse, exactly? Renowned theater director/conceptualizer Robert Wilson’s take on Russian absurdist Daniil Kharms’ 1939 novella, The Old Woman, is a thing of wickedly funny intrigue wherein a writer just happens to find the carcass of an old woman in his apartment, and, lo and behold, the old woman possesses paranormal powers. Much clever confusion between reality and surreality ensues, along with several sneaky layers of trenchant political comment in this Waiting for Godot–like visual-musical feast starring renowned dancer/actor Mikhail Baryshnikov and actor Willem Dafoe, with music by the great recombinant producer Hal Willner.

Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/15/14)

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