Crowded House | Blue Line Lounge & Grill | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 18 2012
Price: $15
This promenade-style production from the State Theatre is described as an "explosion" of The Winter’s Tale, which means that it riffs on Shakespeare's odd fable rather than presenting the thing itself. There's an audio "overture" to listen to while walking from the audience-collection point (the Blue Line Lounge) to the performance site (the Wicker Park Art Center) a few blocks west. I guess it's supposed to provide background, but the sound quality was terrible on the night I attended, so read up on the play before you go. At the art center, the audience is led up stairs and down halls to see each act (staged separately by a total of seven directors) performed at a different location. The early entries can get self-consciously earnest. But things open up considerably after the halfway point, when the source material turns toward romance and reconciliation. Sound leakage from other locations can be a problem. —Tony Adler



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