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'Caught' Full Circle Theater

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Caught

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from May 17-June 1
7:30 p.m.
Every Sun. from May 19-June 2
1 p.m.
$9
Art, Theater

Directed by Rick Shiomi, Christopher Chen’s satiric comedy Caught recalls a piece of advice commonly attributed to Mark Twain: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” The play, presented by Full Circle Theater, is preceded by a gallery show featuring the works of Lin Bo, promoted as a dissident artist from China. Onstage, Bo soon arrives for a conversation about his unorthodox process and the severe repercussions imposed by his homeland. His is a compelling story, fitting with commonly held perceptions of totalitarian regimes. But as a New York reporter and her editor soon suggest, there’s a strong possibility that Bo’s tale is entirely untrue. What follows is an intriguing digression into the malleable “rules of truth” that shape popular responses to art. Is beguiling an audience only acceptable when the audience has foreknowledge of the ruse? Can a falsified history diminish a work of art? Does actual truth even have a place onstage? Those are just some of the questions posed during this intricate theatrical puzzle.