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TO NOV. 26
Who are these two guys? At one moment, you’re sure they’re good guys. By the time the next moment rolls around, you’re not so sure anymore. And in the next, they’re two completely different people who could be good, bad, or somewhere in between. Such is the wonderful, wacked-out confusion that is In on It, the production now showing at the Studio Theatre. Canadian performance artist Daniel McIvor, who penned this funny yet terrifying piece, stars with actor Darren O’Donnell; they play various pairs of alter egos. One member of each pair, who’s always called This One, is good; the other, That One, is, naturally, bad. But as time goes on, it’s difficult to distinguish which is which. Are these men lovers? Are they collaborators working on a play? Are they Thing One and Thing Two? This we do know: McIvor’s avant-garde, improv-style essentialist piece brought audiences to laughter and tears at festivals in Edinburgh and Philadelphia—and the same is likely to happen here in D.C. In on It, a production of McIvor’s troupe, da da kamera, is as funny and it is discomfiting, and it has the good grace to answer the important questions without giving away the punch line. At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 26, with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Studio Theatre, 1333 P St. NW. $23.50-$39.50. (202) 332-3300. (Natalie Davis)