Lives of the Dead | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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I'm always astonished at what actors are willing to do in the service of somebody else's vision. Take the man and three women who perform Valerie Jean Johnson's 50-minute staging of a long poem by Israeli writer Hanoch Levin, as translated into English by Atar Hadari. If they have any compunctions about appearing before an audience dressed in long johns and disposable diapers, they don't show it. They perform Levin's lines about the scatology of death and bodily decay with enormous commitment. Their abstruse movements and long-held poses are full of grace--though sometimes it looks as though they haven't reached a consensus on exactly what those movements and poses should look like. In short, they behave impeccably in what I saw as an absurd, humorless, enervating situation. --Tony Adler

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