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REVIEW: ‘Ionescopade’ offers warped wit

Performed by three musicians, Kayden’s antic, jazzy songs are clownish in mood and agreeable to hear.

Castellino’s nimble staging of it all rolls along within an elegant, gray-shaded setting from James Morgan accented by a fractured red proscenium framing Ionesco’s skewed viewpoint.

Led by a mute, affable Samuel Cohen as the bowler-hatted guide to the amusement, the ensemble handles the rarified material with ease. Nancy Anderson, so cunning when purring a “Ginger Wildcat” song drawn from “Exit the King,” may be the best-known among the players, but Paul Binotto, David Edwards, Leo Ash Evens, Susan J. Jacks and Tina Stafford are individually and collectively engaging.

“Ionescopade” continues through Feb. 26 at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s, 619 Lexington Avenue, New York. Call (212) 935-5820 or visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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