At first blush the idea of condensing Akira Kurosawa's epic, Seven Samurai
, into an all but wordless one-man show with a run time of less than an hour might sound like a parlor stunt. But David Gaines, a master clown, actually makes it work, turning what could be a gimmick into a small miracle of imagination. Gaines evokes a cast of hundreds -- samurai, villagers, brigands -- in ways that are vivid, hilarious and amazingly comprehensible throughout. The result is part Chaplin, part Looney Tunes and more than a little Cirque de Soleil. Clowning, in other words, of a high order. Watching Gaines you understand why people started calling certain kinds of performances "plays." Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 3 p.m.