Decadence: The Two Faces of Robert LaPage | The Post Family | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 22 2009
Phone: 312-850-2045
Price: $15, $25 for both shows
This production by the talented Abraham Werewolf collective boasts an inventive concept and impressive acting. Presented in an art gallery where viewers sit on pillows and cushions instead of chairs, Decadence is a 75-minute one-act divided into two self-contained but interrelated parts--"The First Kill" (which I saw) and "The Last Kill" (which I didn't)--performed simultaneously in adjacent rooms. Under the direction of Matt Hooks, the young cast depict murder and other crimes in vignettes inspired by Grand Guignol scenarios and by such movies as The Night of the Hunter, The French Connection, Eyes Without a Face, and . . . Tootsie. The performance styles, ranging from low-key neo-noir to soap-operatic camp, are precise and well suited to the material. The result is often suspenseful, sometimes hilarious, and always entertaining. --Albert Williams


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