Twin Terrors

If you like scary fairy tales but wish they would end before the uplifting turn, then Caryl Churchill’s The Skriker might be your cup of hemlock. This story of an ageless shape-shifter that manipulates two young women is like a feverish midsummer night’s dream that you can’t wake up from.

If that’s not unsettling enough, try a stay In the Penal Colony, a dramatic and dread-filled take on Franz Kafka’s homonymous story about punishment and morality in the shadow of a grotesque machine. Both of these plays reveal a troubling world in which the familiar masks the terrible, the terrible grows familiar, and the only truth is that our past marks us indelibly.

Sat., April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 17, 2 p.m.; Sat., April 23, 7:30 p.m., 2011


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