For VENICE (now through May 9 at the Copaken Stage downtown), Artistic Director Eric Rosen calls on rap master Matt Sax to serve up a high-energy vision of a dark, depressing future, then find the ray of hope hiding therein. While the point of this enterprise could use some clarifying, VENICE is chock full of first class performances and a terrific physical production. If you like your graphic novels live! on stage, sung full-out by a great looking (and sounding) cast, by all means check out this one.
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