Matryoshka | Red Tape Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 13 2013
Price: $15-$20
The first few minutes of the Plagiarists' production of Gregory Peters's new drama, a modern retelling of 1,001 Nights, rank among the most terrifying I've seen onstage. Sherry (a stunning Jessica Saxvik) wakes up bound in the basement of a serial killer, whose previous victims have turned up dead after weeks of torture. As he sets silently about his business, she launches into a story about a wiseguy and a watermelon seed. Suddenly we're inside a clever, kaleidoscopic tunnel of tall tales, acted out by Sherry, the serial killer, and his eight previous victims. The stories, which borrow from urban legends and genre fiction, are smart, funny, and captivating—but never so polished that their thread of desperation disappears entirely. Jack Dugan Carpenter directs a mesmerizing cast. —Keith Griffith



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