Little Piece of Heaven | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Saturdays. Continues through June 15 2013
Price: $15
In 1927, Carl Tanzler, an incompetent Austrian doctor, kills his wife and relocates to Key West, where he plies his passions with opium until he encounters his one true love: a beautiful Cuban schoolgirl who becomes his patient, whose treatment he botches, and with whom he has a postmortem affair. If this grotesque Ripley's-style true story has promise, here is a production that squanders it. Second City graduate Christine Hickey's script repurposes Tanzler's biography with such a loose grip that it never resolves into comedy. Sarah Russell goes full-on soap as the dead girl's sister; meanwhile, as her grieving father, Nikolaos Maros is puzzlingly nonchalant. The set is superfluous, the sentiments are hokey, the humor is puerile, and if a skilled hand condensed the fluff, each 50-minute act would shrink down to about five minutes. —Jena Cutie


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