I caught myself glancing around the audience more than once, marveling that such a beautiful play had so few viewers. A small, contained cast under the direction of L. Nicol Cabe in a tiny Capitol Hill theater did justice to Ibsen’s rich plot about a haunted, dysfunctional family (right up there with Poe’s House of Usher) with dry humor and tear-stained honesty, and delivered his harangues about infidelity, STDs, euthanasia, and the hypocrisy of conventional morality with a sly elegance that soared beyond the play’s corset-strained era. Colleen Carey’s charm and vulnerability as the fatally repressed Mrs. Alving, a proper widow maintaining a pretense of love for her philandering husband, was gratifying to behold. Her son, Oswald (Adam Standley, cleverly garbed in a shirt that read “clever costume”), has returned home damned by his father’s sins, unwittingly resurrecting specters that his mother had exorcised. JENNA NAND Presented by the Eclectic Theater Company. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 p.m. Sun., plus 2 p.m. Sat., Dec 20. Ends Dec. 20.

Wed., Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 20, 2 p.m. Starts: Nov. 26. Continues through Dec. 20, 2008

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