Extropia, Renni Harris


Ballyhoo's Michael McQuilken and Gabriel Baron return with another contemplative "musical" set in an ersatz Utopia. Factory drone Foster (Troy Miszklevitz, above) discovers that he can hear the underlying rhythms of the world around himeven the clanking of work machinery becomes a confusing joy that awakens his dormant soul. Director Baron, who also appears here, mugs as an actor, and encourages his company to do the same; the production would be a little tighter if it kept a straight face. Yet even when the show courts preciousness, it's fueled by a tender, often exultant compassion. McQuilken and co-designer Brant Campbell perform every sound effect and syncopated symphony liverustling paper, pounding on pipes, etc.and you'll carry their ebullient efforts inside you for the rest of the night. Re-bar, 1114 Howell St., 206-323-0388. $10. 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. Ends Sat. Sept. 13. STEVE WIECKING RENNIE HARRIS

For a relatively young art form, breaking has a complex history, with credit for styles and innovations in hot bi-coastal contention. In The Legends of Hip-Hop, Harris brings together at Bumbershoot a critical mass of original breakers from the East and West coasts, then steps back while we admire the explosion. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, www.bumbershoot.org for more info. Free with Bumbershoot admission. 8 p.m. Sat. Aug. 30; 2 p.m. Sun. Aug. 31. SANDRA KURTZ info@seattleweekly.com

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