BY Brandon Voss
September 14 2011 11:20 AM ET
Staged throughout five stories of a church that’s transformed into a Parisian tenement, Woodshed Collective’s haunting interactive experience — reminiscent of Sleep No More — was inspired by the novel adapted into a 1976 Roman Polanski thriller about a man driven mad after renting a room vacated by a woman who jumped from her window. He and various neighbors channel the dead tenant in creepy drag before the chilling finale.
West-Park Presbyterian Church, through October 1.
The Lapsburgh Layover
From Philadelphia-based performance troupe the Berserker Residents comes a smart, silly, and endlessly inventive interactive comedy about overeager citizens in a fictional Baltic-like country who — knowing that Americans love solving murder mysteries in an hour — struggle to stage a bit of noirish dinner theater to entertain those waiting for their international flight to refuel. Beware of killer frogs and “man-lady” femme fatales!
Ars Nova, through September 24.
A welcome antidote to the cloying clowns of Cirque du Soleil, Montreal’s 7 Fingers — Les 7 Doigts de la Main, if you’re fancy — reject cheesy circus conventions to create a streetwise musical acrobatic act that’s as hip as it is hazardous. Endearing themselves to the crowd by sharing their names and personality traits, sole female Valérie Benôit-Charbonneau and six appealing studs like Philippe Normand-Jenny couldn’t be cooler.
Union Square Theatre, through January 1.
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