Aunt Dan and Lemon | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Price: $18-$20
Wallace Shawn seems to enjoy inviting audiences into comfortable, intimate spaces, and then alienating the hell out of them. He and others have made a point, for example, of performing his monologue The Fever--about the corrupt sources of American affluence--in the living rooms of affluent Americans. Aunt Dan and Lemon is generally seen in theaters, but it's calculated to have the same discomfiting effect. Shawn's 1985 script is essentially a monologue, with acted flashbacks, in which Leonora--nicknamed Lemon--remembers her relationship with an Ayn Rand-esque friend of the family, Aunt Dan. One hopes for a heartwarming mentorship. One gets something else--something much creepier, at both the personal and political levels. Matthew Reeder's production for Back Stage Theatre makes competent use of six good actors. It doesn't quite work, though, because Brenda Barrie is merely good and not overwhelming as Aunt Dan--a character whose charismatic fucked-upness must seduce us as it does Lemon. --Tony Adler


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