A Map of Virtue | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2015
Price: $25
Erin Courtney's 2012 one-act is the first show of Cor Theatre's inaugural season, memorable, for better or worse, for its mix of poetic language and horror-movie camp. At its center is a unique narrator, a talking statue of a meadowlark played with avian grace by Scottie Caldwell (whose black ensemble should have some yellow to be more accurate, said my science teacher plus-one). The statue is at the center of a symmetrical tale of obsession, imagination, and intuition, following some cosmically connected friends into the spooky wilderness with predictably disastrous consequences. With so much focus on language and philosophy, the play fails to bring to life the central relationship between bird-obsessed Sarah and Mark. That would have been a more engaging door into the metaphysical madness than gratuitous bumps in the night. —Marissa Oberlander



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