ARTS Pick: Arabian Nights

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As a tale that frames a thousand tales, clever Sheherazade escapes impending doom night after night by relating compelling and cliffhanging stories to her murderous husband Shahryar.  Arabian Nights, a stage adaptation by Mary Zimmerman, is the monumental compilation of folk tales from the Islamic Golden Age being performed by UVA’s Spectrum Theater. The production is set with original composititions, but it’s not a musical.  Arabian Nights explores humanity and is ultimately a story that honors the art of storytelling, as the loquacious bride saves her own life through the power of the spoken word. —Cassady Fernandez

Through 4/5. $5, 8pm.  Spectrum Theatre at the student activities building, UVA Grounds.  924-4164.