Love Person | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 14 2009
Price: $20-$48
Living alone in the suburbs of alcoholism with middle age closing in, Vic practically Velcros herself to Ram, an Indian-American Sanskrit scholar who clearly wanted nothing more than a quick fling. Ram tries at first to peel Vic off, but then gets hooked on instant messages he thinks he's exchanging with her. In fact, the messages are coming from an unlikely third party--Vic's feisty, deaf, lesbian sister, Free. Surprisingly lyrical complications ensue. Aditi Brennan Kapil's Cyrano de Bergerac for a digital age plays a lot with language, both as a form of reality and as the farthest thing from it. But its essential subject is love, wisely, bravely exposed for what it really is: an act of will. Sandy Shinner's production elegantly pulls off the difficult logistics of integrating a sharp ensemble with Jeff Bauer's set and Mike Tutaj's projections of poetry, dialogue, and IMs. Cheryl Graeff pulls no punches as a desperate, somewhat dim, but passionate Vic; Liz Tannenbaum does some sensual signing as Free; and it's a pleasure to hear passages of poetry--W.S. Merwin’s translations from Sanskrit and Yeats's "When You Are Old"--offered in a way that makes their straightforward beauty clear. --Tony Adler


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