The title of Applied Mechanics' astonishingly theatrical show is Vainglorious. The subtitle is The Epic Feats of Notable Persons in Europe After the Revolution. Said notable persons include: Beethoven, Napoleon, Josephine, Mme de Staël, and Talleyrand. So you might want to brush up on your 19th-century history. Or not - just go and let the show carry you through 20 years of vainglory. (Besides, there's a crib sheet on the back of the program.) Regardless: If you're interested in experimental theater, don't miss this one.
We enter a vast room, and wander, bemused (everyone's got an odd little smile on), among figures dressed in period costumes, caught, apparently in mid-gesture. They seem to be statues, but they blink. Eventually the actors (there are 26) come to life, mostly through movement and murmured lines (some in French), and our collective smile turns to intense focus, eyebrows shooting up occasionally.