Lotus Position | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Mondays. Continues through Feb. 16 2015
Price: $15 ($12 in advance) or pay what you can at the door
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In this Rhinofest one-act by David Joel Thomas, the attraction is an anachronistic odd couple. Positioned at identical desks before identical silvery MacBooks, the Poet, an egocentric modern-day male, and Mnemosyne, the ancient Greek goddess of memory, read dialogue from their screens. Pedantic in an endearing way, the Poet takes pains to introduce the notion that the scene is an allegory for writing, then announces a plan to trace his recollections of events through exotic places he's been. Only he never quite gets around to it. Instead he revisits earlier sessions with his on-again, off-again Grecian lady, and amid misty detours and amusing lapses into soliloquy—the poet enumerates an artistic pedigree going back to Xeno—it becomes clear theirs is a tepid sort of eros. Seldom do their gazes even meet halfway, and the level of emotional abstraction is so high it looms up as a distracting source of unintentional irony. But if the genre they were going for is platonic dialogue, they nailed it. —Jena Cutie

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