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Dostoevsky's The Grand Inquisitor 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 5 p.m. Continues through March 31 2013
Price: $15-$28, Thursdays are pay-what-you-can

The Grand Inquisitor, Gary Graves' acclaimed adaptation of Dostoyevsky's parable within The Brothers Karamazov, is one of the most successful productions to come out of Central Works' collaborative method program. The story consists mostly of a monologue by the head of the Spanish inquisition, spoken to a silent Jesus who has apparently returned to Earth -- deep, but dense. Central Works' production delays this speech until its final segment, keeping its complexity intact but preceding it with a series of charged exchanges between the Grand Inquisitor (Julian López-Morillas) and various "Others" (all played by Michael Gene Sullivan) that capitalize better on the unique possibilities of live theater. The result exceeds Russian philosophizing to become a rich psychological drama that, in just a 75-minute duration, explores issues of belief, morality, compassion, and perhaps even sexuality. Through March 31 at Central Works (2315 Durant Ave., Berkeley). 510-558-1381 or CentralWorks.org

— Alex Bigman

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