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The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15 p.m., Mon., May 4, 2 p.m. and Wed., May 6, 8:15 p.m. Continues through May 9 2015
Price: $5-$25

THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS

MANBITES DOG THEATER, DURHAM

THURSDAY, APRIL 23–SATURDAY, MAY 9

Here's a theatrical mashup: Transplant the recombinant fairytale musical Into the Woods onto the glittering boulevards and grittier side streets of Moscow in 2005. Oh, and replace that winsome, knowing Stephen Sondheim score with something a bit more visceral: a soundtrack inspired by dissident punk band Pussy Riot. Don't let the title fool you: In Meg Miroshnik's provocative, comical and cautionary play, a young American woman's pilgrimage to explore her family's Soviet Jewish heritage goes completely off the rails after her arrival.

Why? She discovers a culture still bewitched by—and inhabitants still acting out—archetypal stories of treacherous relatives who may or may not be witches, animalistic boyfriends, sleazy fairy godmothers and vengeful vegetables. Or, to put it another way: In Soviet Russia, the folk tales tell you. Manbites Dog Associate Artistic Director Jules Odendahl-James escorts us through this Cyrillic looking glass, with music by Bart Matthews. 8:15 p.m. Thurs.Sat. and Weds. May 6; 2 p.m. Sun. May 3, $5$25, 703 Foster St., 919-682-3343, www.manbitesdogtheater.org. —Byron Woods

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