Fears and rages

By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  December 16, 2009

The visual delight of the evening is a marvelous contraption loosely composed of welded rods and wheels. It bobs along as an enormous horse, even able to pee via a bottle tipped by the person pulling it (Annie Worden), who stays slack-jawed and vacant-eyed. How delightfully imagined and accomplished.

The mood of the period is brought to life by several songs, including "Pack Up Your Troubles" ("in an old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile!") and "Minnie the Moocher "("that lowdown hoochie-coocher"), thanks to sound designer Aaron Mack. Most effective, darkly, toward the grim and bloody end, is the quiet lynching diatribe "Strange Fruit."

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