Genius | Profiles Theatre, Main Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 3 2015
Price: $35
Four insufferable art snobs have a dinner party and, as rich white New Yorkers in plays are wont to do, yell at each other a lot. Sara, an author, has been tapped to nominate an artist for a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the so-called "genius" grant. Her rambling, melancholy painter husband is out of the running, so she must choose between Peter and Charlotte, two younger married filmmakers, and the mere hint of a nomination in the offing is enough to throw everyone's lives into a tailspin. Kate Walbert's new one-act for Profiles Theatre is stuffed with whiny diatribes that to its further detriment are presented in earnest, and while Darrell W. Cox's production almost has the bones of good satire, it's just as self-serious as the characters it martyrs. —Dan Jakes



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