This new adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Trial will actually shock you from time to time—there is bureaucratic horror, of course, but also bloody violence, sex, lingerie, frightening comedy, and the haunting feeling that what Kafka wrote as an existential parable 100 years ago is edging closer and closer to documentary truth. Darragh Kennan plays Josef K. with the sad, bewildered innocence of a Chaplin clown, and everything else—from the actors playing dumb, grinning cops to the set design, which extends into the seating—is ace work. (New Century Theater Company at Inscape Arts, 815 Airport Way S, wearenctc.org, 8 pm, $30, through April 28)

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