City of Dreadful Night | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 16 2013
Price: $25
Henry Behel's set for this taut new drama is instantly recognizable as the diner from Nighthawks, Edward Hopper's 1942 painting about late-night urban anomie. But playwright Don Nigro waits until the final scene to put his four characters in Hopper's famous configuration, earning the moment with intricate, etudelike plotting and a cunning mastery of film-noir conventions. Shortly after World War II, wiseguy Gus recruits a brain-injured vet to spy on his girlfriend. There are probably holes in the twists, reversals, and revelations that follow, but it hardly matters. Although director Ron Wells and his cast find the perfect pitch, the show hinges on Justine Turner's witty, intense performance as femme fatale Anna. —Keith Griffith



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