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Ghost Quartet offers four musical “sides” to love, loss, and friendship

Black Button Eyes gives Dave Malloy’s gleefully haunting song cycle an absorbing production.

Black Button Eyes Productions presents the Chicago premiere of Dave Malloy’s 2014 song cycle, which gleefully compels four friends to shape-shift through centuries of haunted evocations of love, longing, loss, and friendship. In a brisk 90 minutes presenting more than 24 numbers introduced as tracks on four “sides” (like a double LP), this utterly absorbing show (directed by Ed Rutherford) manages to name-check Edgar Allan Poe, Thelonious Monk, Little Red Riding Hood, the Arabian Nights, and untold other poetics of the human condition while hardly breaking a sweat.…

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