Landscape of the Body | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

Landscape of the Body 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Crowded into a performing space smaller than many living rooms, John Mossman's pressure-cooker production is well suited to John Guare's eccentric, overheated drama about a Maine housewife turned Times Square porn star accused of killing her son. Filled with intense performances and executed at a pace that unifies Guare's intentionally jagged storytelling, this staging reveals the pockets of brilliance in his sometimes inspired, sometimes just self-indulgent 1977 play. Mossman's pitch-perfect cast easily negotiates the story's many mood shifts--from dark to light, grotesque to silly, nihilistic to mildly sentimental. Michele Graff as the housewife is adept at managing Guare's neck-snapping emotional changes, though she's especially good at his darkly funny existential soliloquies. --Jack Helbig a Through 3/18: Thu 7:30 PM, Fri-Sat 8 PM, Sun 5 PM, Artistic Home, 1420 W. Irving Park, 866-811-4111, $18-$23.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Jack Helbig

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Love and Information Trap Door Theatre
September 12
Performing Arts
Oslo Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place
September 10

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories