Anger/Fly | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through June 30 2012
Price: $20-$25
They tell me Ruth Margraff's short play "deconstructs and expands" on the scenario for a 1962 film by Eugene Ionesco, about "a perfect little town that erupts in a violent riot set off when all the husbands simultaneously find flies in their soup." And I can see that. The piece starts with emphatically happy bourgeois families emerging from church on a Sunday, sharing cakes, giving alms, and dancing to "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies. Later, a tramp spreads his fly wings and dips them in a bowl of blue soup. The music changes and people go berserk. But I'm not sure it would've mattered whether I got it or not. Kate Hendrickson's staging is so striking, Mikey Moran's sound design so rich, and the performances so charismatic—even seductive—that I would've been transfixed under any circumstances. Antonio Brunetti and Casey Chapman are particularly astonishing as the winged tramp and a child. And just incidentally, a bout of slapstick paint-splattering goes further than any Clement Greenberg essay in evoking the cultural rage and despair underpinning Jackson Pollack's art. —Tony Adler



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