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Rogue Festival Poster 2014by Tiffany HurtadoIf you’re looking for something different and a little weird, this is it. The program describes “Dolores” as a “mime opera,” a “dreamy futuristic tale about the final day of a 220-year-old woman.” Carolina “Coicoi” Duncan of Seattle is the mime who expresses emotions far deeper than the sidewalk mimes most of us are familiar with. Duncan graduated from the Flying Actor Studio and Clown Conservatory in San Francisco, and it’s definitely fascinating to watch how she moves her body as a part-robot woman.¬†All of it is accompanied by the music and sound effects of Carlos M. Kampff.

A program handed out before the show is helpful in following along. The best parts are when Duncan is performing scenes of everyday life that most of us can relate to:¬†blissful new love, infidelity, rage and heartbreak. My favorite scene depicted a newly married wife happily making breakfast for her husband, an act that turns into a resented chore as the marriage goes on. Kampff’s singing during this scene is as tasty as the fresh-baked biscuits and French toast he’s singing about.

The bionic woman part of this show feels a tad forced and the ending was anti-climatic. Still, she kept my attention throughout and it’s fascinating to watch the way she moves her body as a robot. But the best parts of this show are when Duncan is connecting with the audience in pure human form, expressing emotions that we can all relate to.

Details: 6:30 p.m. March 1, 11 p.m. March 7, 6:30 p.m. March 8, Strummer’s (formerly Starline). $10 in Rogue Bucks.

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