Postmodern contortionist Mickle Maher and the spectacle junkies at Redmoon Theater join forces for this redreaming of Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari, the 1919 expressionist film that launched a thousand goth-rock ghost ships. Maher’s lyrical writing is well suited to the material. A better fit with Redmoon’s aesthetic is hardly imaginable. And longtime Maher collaborator Colm O’Reilly–black prince of Curious and Oobleck, whose trembling, portentous, static-shrouded voice is piped in from what seems a thousand miles away–is probably the perfect narrator. Yet somehow the show struggles not to be dull. Maybe it’s that it’s played exceptionally straight–there’s precious little of Maher’s morbid whimsy in evidence. But if things hit a high pitch only in the closing moments, the music and puppetry are excellent throughout, and Maher unearths his usual share of transfixing paradoxes along the way. A near miss. Through 5/8: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 6 and 9 PM, Sun 3 PM. Viaduct Theater, 3111 N. Western, 312-850-8440, ext. 111. $20-$25.