Bodies | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 24 2012
Price: $15-$23
Carla Stillwell's brief new play is essentially a gloss on the dictum, attributed to Edmund Burke, that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Jolly busybody Corena visits her brother-in-law's home at the start; what she finds there triggers a series of flashbacks (not to mention, ghostly visitations) demonstrating that she and her Baptist minister husband weren't busybodies enough—that they've ignored a true scandal in their midst. Stillwell has intriguing characters and a potentially fascinating angle on a fraught subject. But the script as it stands is far too sketchy. We need to meet people who never get onstage and, crucially, see a lot more of some of the people who do. In particular, Corena's troubled niece, Natalie, has to be fleshed out so we can understand what it is the adults around her are missing. —Tony Adler


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