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The week’s other openings

Dirty Story; The Donkey Show; Kokkola

Dirty StoryIntiman Theatre, Seattle, (800) 982-2787 A sadomasochistic couple becomes a metaphor for the Middle East in this “seriocomic, freewheeling attack on geopolitical intransigence,” said The Seattle Times. John Patrick Shanley’s pre–Iraq War play is bold and energetic, even if it isn’t quite the “hot-off-the-press allegory” it was a decade ago.

The Donkey ShowAdrienne Arsht Center, Miami, (305) 949-6722The Donkey Show “isn’t like any other version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream you’ve ever seen,” said The Miami Herald. “Actors, dancers, aerialists, and the audience all mingle” in Diane Paulus’s loose adaptation, set in a disco. Amid the glitter and silliness, Shakespeare’s “tale of love misguided and requited” plays out in an utterly novel way.

KokkolaRivendell Theatre, Chicago, (800) 836-3006The characters in Leea Klemola’s 2004 drama “spend an unflattering amount of time in their skivvies, screech, and cry out family confessions,” said Time Out Chicago. Her story about a small, bleak Finnish town is unsettling, but a skilled cast, led by Joshua Harris as an alcoholic bus driver, “finds some compassion in the cold.”

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