Dracula: A Tragedy | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance, Halloween | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 31 2010
Price: $15
This swirling, hallucinogenic overhaul of Bram Stoker's classic horror novel is full of potent ideas. Playwright Mark Mason connects vampirism with the suppression of female sexuality--depicting both Jack and Ripper and a Victorian abortionist as human vampires--and also with colonial exploitation. Incensed that the British revile his blood sucking yet drain colonized people of the resources they need to survive, Dracula aims to bring the empire down. But Mason hasn't found a coherent way to express his insights as theater. His 85-minute swoon lurches through fragmentary scenes that are usually more confusing than evocative. Stephen James Anderson's long-suffering cast can't make sense of it--I'm not sure anyone could. --Justin Hayford



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