HooDoo Love | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 21 2012
Price: $20-$32
In Depression-era Memphis, aspiring blues singer Toulou and her neighbor, a hoodoo witch known as Candy Lady, cook up a love spell to keep Toulou's man from rambling. It works, but fresh complications crop up with the arrival of Toulou's villainous brother, cartoonishly played here by Mark Smith. Lurid melodrama eventually crowds out everything else in Katori Hall's 2007 play, overshadowing its best qualities—unpretentious lyricism and a feel for the power of pagan ritual. In this debut effort from Collective Theatre, director Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds on HBO's True Blood) supplies some effective atmospherics, including a spooky lighting design by Cat Wilson, onstage musicians, and—during scene changes—the big-voiced groaning of singer Opal Demetria Staples, who acts as a kind of chorus. —Zac Thompson


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