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Lanky, soft-spoken David Cale has perfected a style of performance that lies somewhere between the multiple-personalitied Eric Bogosian and the minimalist Spalding Gray. Like Bogosian, Cale populates his monologues with numerous odd characters, all of them anxious to tell their stories. Unlike Bogosian, however, Cale doesn’t get hung up on transforming himself into the various personas he plays. Like Gray, he has stripped his show down to its essentials. Standing alone onstage, with only a microphone, a chair or two, and a head full of voices, Cale tells his stories simply and directly, without an ounce of bogus theatricality. Even his most outrageous tales seem autobiographical–like the one in Deep in a Dream of You in which Cale, playing a woman, recounts a tempestuous love affair with a sea creature. In his current show, about people so alienated they live their lives as if they were visiting “somebody else’s house,” David Cale once again displays his gift for creating work that’s both compelling and real. Goodman Studio Theatre, 200 S. Columbus, 443-3800. Opens Thursday, September 23, 7:30 PM. Through October 10: Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 PM; Fridays, 8 PM; Saturdays, 6 and 9 PM; Sundays, 2:30 PM. $15-$17.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Lisa Ebright.