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Theater & art

Stage Review

Words, tennis balls fly in ‘A Supposedly Fun Thing’

When you walk into “A (radically condensed and expanded) Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again (after David Foster Wallace),’’ green tennis balls are ricocheting around the room, fired one after another out of an automatic launcher.

If anything, the sensation of bombardment is only intensified when the tennis balls are replaced by words, words, and more words, hurtling through the air nonstop for 2½ hours during “Supposedly Fun Thing,’’ which was performed Friday through Sunday as part of ArtsEmerson’s The Next Thing Festival.

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