Casanova Takes a Bath | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 13 2010
Price: $12 suggested donation
Ever since the subprime crisis hit, earnest experts have been falling all over themselves trying to explain it with reference to terms like "collateralized debt obligation" and "credit default swap." Theater Oobleck's David Isaacson takes a different tack. In this amusing solo lecture-cum-farce, he exposes the cupidity, stupidity, narcissism, and--most of all--magical thinking behind the crisis by showing how nicely it parallels the financial misadventures of a man who got in on the ground floor of laissez-faire capitalism: the legendary lover, Giacomo Casanova. A kind of cunning idiot when it came to money, Casanova was both an amoral conman and an ingenuous dupe, never letting good sense get in the way of avarice. Isaacson reads and riffs from the 18th-century Venetian's autobiography, relating tales of how he let himself be taken over and over again by the same hustler--even the same hustle--then turned around and built a nice scam making market predictions based on his alleged knowledge of Kabbalah. I didn't learn anything I didn't already know about human nature, and Isaacson should work some on his presentation, but the piece is charming and smart and offers some satisfying ain't-it-the-truth moments. --Tony Adler

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