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Theater Review: Joe's Garage @ OpenFist

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The case of Frank Zappa is a strange one indeed. Part rock and roll guitar hero, part pointy-headed atonal composer, part potty-mouthed class clown, he straddled the line between high and low art like no other figure in modern music.

Perhaps because of the severe technical demands on the people who try to play it, performances of his music today are fairly rare. Apart from a handful of groups containing Zappa band alumni (The Grandmothers, Project/Object, and son Dweezil’s Zappa Plays Zappa), there haven’t been many with the stones to tackle it.

But OpenFist Theater Company has got some pretty large balls, and if they weren’t literally placed in front of the audience during their performance of Joe’s Garage last Sunday, that’s about all that was left to the imagination.