Baudelaire in a Box Episode 9: Unquenched | Links Hall at Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Oct. 16 2016
Price: $15
Dave Buchen, Chris Schoen, and several of their talented friends have been at it for years now, translating Charles Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal into English, poem by poem; setting each translation to music; and performing the results alongside Buchen's drawings, which appear on a hand-cranked scroll, cantastoria style. This 80-minute installment, comprising 14 illustrated songs, is the penultimate episode (the tenth comes in the spring) before Theater Oobleck stages Baudelaire in a Box in its entirety in August. Between the black-and-white pictures and the musical influences ranging from country to klezmer, the overall tone here is moody; even Mickle Maher's slangy, comic treatment of "L'Avertisseur" (about the nasty yellow snake living in every man's heart) can't quite shake off the darkness. But it's a lovely, sweet-minded kind of darkness, well expressed by the onstage septet. The only significant problem is the same one Buchen and Schoen have had all along: as presented, the images and songs exist in separate universes, failing to integrate into a single theatrical statement. —Tony Adler



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