John Doe | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 25 2014
Price: $20-$25
Chicago's Trap Door Theatre debuted 20 years ago with The Madman and the Nun, the 1923 nightmare farce by Polish provocateur Stanislaw Witkiewicz. Now the company returns to the same, literally insane material as adapted and directed (and retitled) by another Pole, Andrej St. Dziuk. Detained in a mental hospital, a poet named Walpurg is saved from a lobotomy only to be subjected to the ministrations of a cracked Freudian, a forbidding mother superior, and various sadists. (When the asylum staff wear lab coats and head bandages, it's time to worry.) Walpurg strikes up an affair with Sister Anna, the young nun sent to soothe his savage breast, and the rest is careening. Except for its final moments, which devolve when they should explode, St. Dziuk's staging is funny, frightening, and—thanks to Wesley Walker's Walpurg and Holly Thomas Cerney's Anna—unexpectedly beautiful. Johnny Graff is a hoot as the Freudian. —Tony Adler



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