In the Jungle of Cities | Red Tape Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 20 2010
Phone: 800-838-3006
Price: $20
Bertolt Brecht takes baby Marxist steps in this early play--set in 1912 Chicago--about the struggle between moneybags Shlink and George Garga, a young man who won't be bought. The busy plot zigs and zags, and two characters' descent into prostitution suggests the pathos of a three-hankie silent. But this Ka-Tet Theatre staging is fitfully brilliant. Tracy Otwell's stark, smoky scenic design creates a murky hell, and director Max Truax adds ingenious touches true to Brecht's aesthetic, including a new character, the Barker, who recites snippets of historic texts--most entertainingly, Jack Dempsey's description of a 1923 fight said to have inspired Brecht. And though Brecht didn't start collaborating with Kurt Weill until 1927, there's a Weillian song by Tom Waits. --Laura Molzahn


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