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Daughters of Memory

If an artist's goals are to entertain, provoke, titillate, and repel us, then Chris Seibert and Ivana Bevacqua have hit the mark in Split, a monologue written by both that Seibert performs and Bevacqua directed. An ingeniously staged investigation of "the muse"--the subject of all the pieces in this movement-theater series, "Daughters of Memory"--Split employs a single elegant prop that begins scattered around the space and ends in a relatively tidy bundle; Seibert's manipulations of it capture the way the mind gathers, unpacks, and gives order to ideas. The piece has a feminist cast but is never doctrinaire; instead it forces us to think about the roles given to women and decide among them--a choice the artists don't make easy. Seibert is both a charming and challenging performer, a mercurial presence who slips in and out of so many personas we begin to distrust them all; her requests for help from the audience are somehow childishly innocent yet vaguely manipulative. The writing is fabulous--both poetic and orderly--and Seibert's delivery so expert as to make her seem almost schizophrenic as the monologue shifts from one character or mood to another. Also on the program for this, the final weekend of the series, are Local Infinities' Wax (v.) to Come to Be, centered on an effectively deceptive bit of stagecraft, and Jacqueline Westhead's......Spaces Between, dedicated to the memory of her grandmother. Link's Hall, 3435 N. Sheffield, 773-281-0824. Through January 23: Fridays-Saturdays, 8 PM; Sundays, 7 PM. $10 per evening.

--Laura Molzahn

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Brandy Faling.

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