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April 18, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Do you hear what I hear?

"Deaf Duckling" proves that the classic tale about alienation applies just as easily to the human world as it does the animal kingdom. Aditi Kapil and Nicole Zapko's play is about a deaf child, the "ugly duckling," or the odd one out around hearers.

Gradually, the child acquires a grasp of sign language that exposes a pulsating deaf culture often missed by the hearing - wherein the deaf child truly becomes a graceful swan.

- Saturdays, April 23-May 7, 3 p.m.
Mixed Blood, 1501 S. 4th St.
$5-$7. 338-6131, www.mixedblood.com.

Homework

These University of Minnesota senior BFA students' homework didn't involve a quiet study carol or caf table, but instead was noisy and boisterous, landing them onstage at the Guthrie this semester.

First, Courtney Baron's play "Consumption" opens up a petri dish wherein four random people cough incessantly. Inside, a reverend, mother, nurse and college student get sick independently. But germs aren't all that they have in common. They also share similar aspirations about what they want for the future and other ailments they hope to shed.

Next, Guillermo Reyes' "The Suspects" follows a cluster of college students under attack by police in the wake of 9/11, after an assault on their Arab American neighbors. Further investigation digs up some suspicious leads. Now the students must confront the same tensions as the Arab Americans next door.

Finally, "Will You, Won't You or What You Will" summarizes a mini-Shakespeare-thon, as numerous plays are pooled together haphazardly and then interpreted anew - like leftovers tossed into a garbage disposal.

- W-Su April 23; W-F 7:30 p.m.,
Sa 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m., Su 1 p.m.
Guthrie Lab, 700 N. 1st St.
Free (reservations required).
377-2224, www.guthrietheater.org.

Anna Pratt can be reached at annapratt@artlover.com.