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Hair-metal and folk jokers go unplugged

If Spinal Tap perform without the wigs, are they really Spinal Tap? Can these two worlds, sane and psychotic, exist simultaneously? This is complicated, man—it's like Schrödinger's cat (with a wig). But trust that Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer know what they're doing here: Their two-night Beacon jaunt "Unwigged and Unplugged" reunites the This Is Spinal Tap! and A Mighty Wind jesters for unprecedented acoustic renditions from both soundtracks. No facial hair, no pre-op drag, no Stonehenge stage props: just three men and the lovely poetry of "Children of the Sun" and "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight" revisited in delicate finger-picking. Do you doubt this will work? As they once noted, "It's such a fine line between stupid and clever"—and they're the holy rollers of both.
Tue., May 26, 8 p.m.; Wed., May 27, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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