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Theater Oobleck's 'The Strangerer' Adds Three Performances

Theater Oobleck's acclaimed production of Mickle Maher's The Strangerer will play its final performance this Thursday, August 7 at the Barrow Street Theatre (27 Barrow Street).  The show will play 3 additional performances tonight, tomorrow and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before the company must head back to Chicago to begin work on their upcoming fall election play The Trojan Candidate, which is slated to run at The Neo-Futurarium (5153 N. Ashland Ave. 2nd Fl., Chicago) October 3 through November 3, 2008.  The Barrow Street Theatre will host a variety of performances as a venue for the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival beginning August 8.

The Strangerer completed its sold-out smash hit run at Chicago's Chopin Theatre on June 29, 2008 and began performances in NYC on July 9.  The play's entire original cast reprised their praised performances for the Barrow Street Theatre engagement: Guy Massey, Mickle Maher, Colm O'Reilly and Brian Shaw.

As enthusiasts may recall, one of the titles on President George W. Bush's 2006 summer vacation reading list was Albert Camus' absurdist tale of senseless murder, The Stranger.  In hopes that the French philosopher might shed some light on the current political climate – or vice versa – Maher's new play, The Strangerer, collides several of Camus' works with the first Bush/Kerry Presidential debate in 2004.  The formalities of the debate are overturned as Bush and Kerry struggle with the question not of, if or why an innocent man should be killed (the man in question being moderator Jim Lehrer), but rather what is the proper manner in which to go about killing him.  The Strangerer is part political satire, part classical drama, part contemporary debate and a murder mystery with the murderers in plain view.

Set Design is by Mickle Maher, Lighting Design is by Martha Bayne and Sound Design is by Chris Schoen.

The Strangerer is a Theater Oobleck production in association with Barrow Street Theatre (and is a project of Creative Capital).  The running time is 95 minutes with no intermission.  Tickets are priced at $30.00 and are available at (212) 239-6200 or by visiting the Barrow Street Theatre Box Office.

The air conditioned Barrow Street Theatre is located at 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South in the heart of Greenwich Village.  Nearby subway stops are the 1 at Christopher Street (walk 1 block South on 7th Avenue to Barrow) and the A, C, E, B, D, F and V at West 4th (walk West on 4th Street, left on Barrow).

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