Closer | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 27 2014
Price: $20, $10 in advance
Alice, vagabond stripper, and Dan, mousy obituary writer, meet cute in the ER. Before playwright Patrick Marber has given the audience any reason to care about their relationship, a year's passed, and Dan falls for personality-free photographer Anna, who falls for pornophile doctor Larry, who briefly tended to Alice in the ER. For the next two-plus hours, this quartet of underdeveloped characters betray and injure one another, sink into contemptuous self-recriminations, and switch partners every other scene out of pure dramatic expediency. You've got to work overtime to make this exercise in prefab cynicism a recognizably human affair. Director Patrick Belics has a mostly capable cast for his bare-bones Spartan Theatre production, but he rarely moves them beyond the fundamentals of this increasingly implausible clusterfuck. —Justin Hayford



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