With Earth having whirled far away from the sun, Venus bright in the sky, and the Pleiades gleaming, the stars have aligned for a new Richard Foreman play, Astronome: A Night at the Opera. This time, the acclaimed and inscrutable writer-director teamed up with a similarly mystic artist, the composer John Zorn. Together, they will merge their MacArthur geniuses in the service of this piece, which concerns a world "where ambiguous behavior alone leads to freedom." A cast of seven unknowns will cavort in magnificent costumes and outré eye makeup, clutching outsized props as Zorn's avant-hard-core, nonverbal opera (a mix of groans, whines, and ululations) plays in the background.
Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: Feb. 5. Continues through April 5, 2009