Blood on the Cat's Neck | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 26 2013
Price: $20-$25
Trap Door Theatre had a big, improbable hit in 1996 with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's unenjoyable antiplay about Phoebe Zeitgeist, interstellar emissary sent to earth stark naked to study human democracy, despite understanding no human language. That production ran for six months at the Trap's cramped space, then upgraded to the 292-seat Mercury Theater, where hardly anyone came—"I got a little ahead of myself," artistic director Beata Pilch says now with a laugh. Pilch's remount benefits greatly from Simina Contras's coy turn as Phoebe, an inscrutable, murderous Kewpie doll turned sexpot. The rest of the cast's performances range from masterfully grotesque to psychologically empty. Yet the stylistic confusion fittingly makes Fassbinder's sordid, chaotic world all the more unstable. —Justin Hayford

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