Small Metal Objects

As anyone who’s done the classic afternoon walk ’round Green Lake will tell you, there’s nothing better than an overheard conversation. It’s a shock to realize that everyone from roller-bladers to elderly dog-walkers has the same unpredictable and sporadically fascinating inner lives as ourselves. Australian company Back to Back Theater, a collection of six artists variously diagnosed with “intellectual disabilities,” has created a theatrical piece (presented by On the Boards) that similarly caters to our inner voyeur. Small Metal Objects is a conversation between two invisible men that’s overheard by their audience via headphones. As people mill about SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park, they’re slowly brought into a dialogue about the marginalization of certain people who are “less productive” than others. As the speakers are gradually revealed, a question also emerges: Who is invisible to us every day? And what will it take for us to see them? Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave., 217-9888, $24 (advance tickets only). 7 p.m. Thurs., May 29, 4 & 7 p.m. Fri., May 30-Sun., June 1. JOHN LONGENBAUGH

Thu., May 29, 7 p.m.; May 30-June 1, 4 & 7 p.m., 2008

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