Circle-Machine | Oracle Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through March 14 2015
An original adaptation of Charles Mee's reworking of the ancient Chinese play that also inspired Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle, this black comedy from Oracle Theatre revs its engines from several levels deep before it even begins. Pamela is a bubbly, pampered, reckless American who travels to East Germany on a sightseeing jaunt as the Berlin Wall is getting torn down. There she sees a play about a mother visiting her son in prison, and ends up caring for a baby while fleeing from police—the child, who belongs to the secretary general of the Communist Party, is being hunted like Astyanax in Troy, and to much the same purpose. Oracle's modifications and one-liners render the work more bitterly funny than its immediate predecessor, Mee's Full Circle. But the revised final outcome is visible from ten miles off, and despite the cast's powerful, often thrilling acting, the would-be triumphant climax is about as suspenseful as a crumbling old wall. —Jena Cutie
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