The Onion Cellar

One of the highlights my vacation was seeing three live shows in the space of eight days—a record, I think, since having kids.

The best of the three by far was The Onion Cellar—an experimental collaboration between The Dresden Dolls (a rock duo), and the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The point of the experiment is to produce a cathartic emotional experience for the audience.

There is no main plot in The Onion Cellar—only a handful of short dramatic vignettes. But that is okay. It is basically the Dresden Dolls’ regular “brechtian punk cabaret” show, plus a bit of story and some world-class acting talent.

The music combined with the dramatic vignettes definitely add up to a more powerful whole than the sum of the individual parts. Bottom line: the experiment works.

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Now through January 13, Zero Arrow Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Tickets $15 (student rush) – $50

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