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Comical and existential, The Companion Piece explores life and love as a vaudeville act

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Double trouble: Christopher Kuckenbaker and Beth Wilmurt are responsible for most of the high jinx in The Companion Piece
PHOTO BY PAK HAN

In the end, the bracketing of the play's action with a precise repetition of the headliner's act does not diminish this impression of infinite negotiation. The headliner himself boasts, paradoxically, "I don't open no shows, I don't close no shows." The lack of a strong narrative works to advantage here, as a way of further demystifying the theatrical conceit itself. As director Jackson suggests in his program note, the arc of a storyline is far too neat a device to contain all the indeterminacy and subtleties of this slipstream existence. The show goes on, as the headliner quips, "one night only — every night," even if, as my companion that night suggested, we all ultimately "open" and "close" alone. 

THE COMPANION PIECE

Through Feb. 13; $20–$40

Z Space

450 Florida, SF

(800) 838-3006

www.zspace.org

 

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