Smart Bets: La Reina

"Multimedia" barely begins to describe the production La Reina which, according to a press release, "draws from 12 different texts which span nearly 4,000 years of theatrical tradition." Beyond the script, the stage show also incorporates baroque costuming (by local fashion designer Alexis Gault), circus arts, puppetry, modern dance and a live electronic soundtrack composed by Black Mountain-based musician Julian Kornya. Nine actors and four musicians together create "a world of characters in constant metamorphosis, transforming genders, species, and even mortality." Held at Diana Wortham Theatre on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23 and 24. 8 p.m. nightly. $18/$27. http://www.dwtheatre.com.

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