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Musas

8/15-8/24: Wed-Fri 8 PM, Sat 3 and 7:30 PM, Sun 3 PM

In Musas, writer Néstor Caballero answers a question no one has probably ever asked: What would happen if the depressive American poet Sylvia Plath met the eccentric Mexican painter Frida Kahlo? Sadly, his answer is garbled by poor dramatic structure. The play is full of intense dramatic moments (Kahlo writhes in pain on a gurney, Plath rages against her unfaithful husband) that don't quite add up to a compelling story. Worse still is Caballero's assumption that we already know all the key events and people in Plath and Kahlo's lives, so he doesn't have to dirty his hands with exposition or explanations. Mónica Steuer and Rebeca Aléman throw themselves heart and soul into recreating Plath and Kahlo, but it's all lost in the sound and fury of Caballero's incoherent material. —Jack Helbig $25

Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

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Home of the Gentry

8/14-8/31: Thu-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2:30 PM

This new stage version of Ivan Turgenev's 1859 novel concerns middle-aged aristocrat Fyodor Lavretsky, who returns, after a long absence, to the country estate where he grew up. Estranged from his unfaithful, frivolous wife, the sensitive nobleman falls in love with his niece, Liza, a serious and deeply religious young woman he has known since her childhood. The potent and universal theme of midlife self-reflection comes through in writer-director Mike Brayndick's earnest adaptation, compensating for the stodgy pacing, cheap costumes, and sometimes amateurish acting in this On the Spot Theatre Company production. The show's greatest asset is Stephen Gawrit's sound design, which effectively merges Mikey Moran's original incidental music with classical selections that reinforce the story's setting (1840s Russia) as well as its emotional content. —Albert Williams $20

Greenhouse Theater Center (map)
2257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincoln Park
phone 773-404-7336

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