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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 10 2012
Price: $20-$22
The folks at Steep Theatre have spent the last several seasons doing their damnedest to introduce Chicago to contemporary British playwrights, and in the process they've showcased a formal strategy some of those playwrights seem to like quite a bit: building plays incrementally, out of elements that at first seem unrelated but ultimately coalesce into coherence. This 1986 triptych by Robert Holman is evidently meant to work that way. I say "evidently" because the coherence never actually kicks in here. Sure, there's a potentially powerful theme running through the three vignettes. Set in 1944, 1982, and 1986 respectively, each of them portrays people trying to stay emotionally alive in the shadow of war. But director Erica Weiss never finds a way to make that theme dramatically resonant. The pieces are ponderous and stilted, the whole is inert. —Tony Adler


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