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An Increasingly Un-Cordial Invitation 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 13 2008
Phone: 312-451-8289
Like last year's Teatime at Golgotha, Mark Chrisler's new script swirls historical fact, literary fancy, and theatrical absurdity. At a wake for an only intermittently dead Harry Houdini, two phony spiritualists pretend to channel the magician's spirit for his long-suffering widow, while a poorly disguised Sherlock Holmes tries to solve the "murder" to the chagrin of an exasperated Arthur Conan Doyle. The playwright's wit is on full display, and the first act harbors a half-dozen masterful monologues about death, faith, mysticism, love, and hucksterism. But where the swirl coalesced in the earlier play, it doesn't here, making for an evening more curious than satisfying. Kevlyn Hayes's hesitant staging for Found Objects Theatre too often leaves actors with little to do but stand, selfconsciously upstaging each other. --Justin Hayford

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