Goodbye Cruel World | Theater Wit | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 22 2012
Price: $13.50-$25, $50 for "Really Important Person" seats which come with a limited-edition poster
Out of work and depressed, Soviet everyman Semyon resolves to commit suicide. As word of his intention gets around (to everybody, it seems, but his wife and mother-in-law), he's besieged by people looking to exploit him. An intellectual wants his death to make a political statement, a priest wants it to vindicate religion, an actress hopes it'll enhance her cachet as a femme fatale, and so on through the social order. As directed for Strange Tree Group by Bob Kruse, this English-language update on Nikolai Erdman's 1928 The Suicide has an absurd satirical spirit reminiscent of Gogol's The Inspector General (not to mention Capra's Meet John Doe), and Scott Cupper is amusingly stupid-cunning as Semyon. But every so often—as when a die-hard communist says there'll be no people after the revolution, just masses—it's possible to glimpse why The Suicide couldn't be staged in Russia until 1990 . . . and how it might apply to desperate American workers today. —Tony Adler


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