All the Ways to Hidey Hole | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 16 2013
Price: $12-$15
Jenny Magnus and Beau O’Reilly have written and performed a handful of “Madras Parables” over the course of 23 years, reporting on their rocky, productive collaboration through skewed personal monologues, wry philosophical musings, and cunning cabaret songs. In their new, exquisitely candid, hour-long installment, the poker-faced clowns hold forth on a stage that’s empty except for garbage bags and a single piece of paper. They rarely raise their voices or indulge their characteristic stage mannerisms. Indeed, they’re so disarmingly guileless that even their strangest bits—O’Reilly visited by Mother Teresa’s ghost during an acupuncture session, Magnus singing a vacuous song as a placeholder for the important one she’s unlikely ever to write—come across as everyday anecdotes. Rarely do the sublime, the ridiculous, and the matter-of-fact merge so fruitfully. —Justin Hayford



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