A Night Out | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 22 2014
Price: $10
Originally written for television, this early Harold Pinter work depicts an uncharacteristically eventful night in the life of mopey, middling Albert Stokes. After a humiliating incident at an office party, he turns violently on his overbearing mother and, eventually, a chatty prostitute. Though not as lean as Pinter's best work, the play nevertheless illustrates his knack for making ordinary talk seem somehow strange and threatening. It requires precision and focus, but the script gets neither in the hands of director Dado, who turns the central party scene into shrill chaos. She further distracts from the dialogue by adding surreal touches like hallucinatory dance numbers and ghostly figures in masks. The show's sole bright spot is Maria Stephens's tense yet vulnerable performance as the motormouth prostitute. —Zac Thompson


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