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Expect the unexpected when the unconventional Foundry Theatre brings "Major Bang, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb" to DUMBO’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, beginning Jan. 18.

This theatrical experience, billed as a "suspense comedy with magic," is inspired in part by Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic film, "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Written by Kirk Lynn (author of the Foundry’s 2001 adaptation of Greil Marcus’s book, "Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century"), "Major Bang" is named for one of the characters, a deranged scoutmaster.

The piece kicks off with a backpack left on the subway. As it unfolds, it incorporates references to pop culture (from Lenny Bruce to scenes from the Whitney Houston vehicle, "The Bodyguard"!) as well as the war on terror.

The eclectic list of credits among the cast and director of "Major Bang" hint that this production has the potential to ignite audiences’ imaginations. Paul Lazar directs Maggie Hoffman (of Williamsburg-based theater company Radiohole) and actor-magician Steve Cuiffo (pictured).

Lazar, who is the co-artistic director of Manhattan’s Big Dance Theater, is familiar to movie fans who know him for his work in several Jonathan Demme films, as well as "Mickey Blue Eyes."

Only time will tell if Lazar’s show is as combustible as its title.

"Major Bang, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb" will be staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse [38 Water St. between Main and Dock streets in DUMBO] Jan. 18 - Feb. 19. Tickets are $20-$30. For more information, call (718) 254-8779 or visit the Web site www.majorbangshow.com.

- Lisa J. Curtis

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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