In Imago Theatre's latest production, Vladimir Vladimir, everything new is old again... or is it the other way around? The show opens in Vladimir and Natasia's rundown LA apartment: Yugoslavian immigrant Vladimir (Jerry Mouawad) is a frustrated magician who makes his meager living working children's birthday parties, while his wife Natasia (Carol Triffle) channels her fears and frustrations into shoplifting. Vladimir has been working on a big illusion—one that he hopes will propel him into the stardom he longs for and will solve all of his problems. In relation to other shows currently out there, Vladimir Vladimir is perfectly serviceable. But for a company with Imago's reputation, history, and ability to push boundaries, this show is truly a disappointment. It takes itself too seriously to be a good comedy, but it's written too shallowly to be a good drama. For all the pretentious trumpeting of their own experience that the folks at Imago are prone to do, this show falls far short of the mark they've set for themselves.