21 Pieces | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Sundays. Continues through Feb. 5 2012
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Cecilie O'Reilly's Rhinofest contribution is more a reading than a theater piece. Ambling back and forth among four music stands, she recites autobiographical musings on subjects ranging from adolescent sexual experiences to the decline of her neighborhood and her affinity for trees. Any potential impact gets buried under pregnant pauses, a repetitive cadence, and overcooked prose. Occasionally, when the language is stripped down and the subject—grief, for example—is universal, a selection resonates. If only she didn't stand in the way of her own words. O'Reilly's work neither helped me know her nor gave me a good reason why I should. —Dan Jakes



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