Kill Me | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 18 2012
Price: $20-$25
Scott Barsotti's new play isn't quite finished yet. Crucial issues need working out. But what's there is, well, killer—especially in Jeff Christian's nicely orchestrated, cleverly designed staging for Wild Claw Theatre. A car wreck puts Cam in a coma. She comes out of it after a week, convinced—not unlike the central character in Peter Weir's 1993 movie, Fearless—that she can't be killed. The notion makes her giddy at first, then—again, as in Fearless—throws her into a nightmare state. Where Weir treated this manic ride in more or less naturalistic terms, Barsotti casts it as horror. Cam's demons actually appear before us, looking scary thanks to Ali Renee Amidei's very cool costuming and makeup. But are they any more real than the psychological demons in Fearless? Barsotti gives an answer, oddly enough, in the program notes. But not onstage. Kill Me will be so much more interesting when he finds a more effective way to play out the ambiguity he's set up. And he's got plenty of room to do that: the show as it stands is only 70 minutes long. —Tony Adler



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