4:48 Psychosis | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2018
Price: $20, $15 students and seniors
If contempt were a cure, every depressive desirous of relief should hasten to Saltbox Theatre Collective’s rendering of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis, written the year before her suicide, because no one, sick or well, could stomach their own thoughts declaimed with such emphatic melodrama. Everything done is overdone by an ensemble of 12 whose primary mode of interpretation seems to be to bellow the lines with the fervor of adolescents realizing they can curse. Directed by Brian Fruits, this production perhaps best represents Kane’s obsessive, elliptical text, which contains no roles and few directions, through a physicality that arrays the ensemble in a series of formations that heightens the claustrophobic experience of mental illness. However, any inkling of craft in either speech or movement is conspicuously absent. —Irene Hsiao



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