Mud People | Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 12 2009
Price: $18-$22
Imagine what would happen if Michael, the molting angel from the 1996 John Travolta movie, had fallen from the skies into that little Appalachian hamlet in Deliverance where the kid plays banjo and met up with the sick-fuck family from Sam Shepard's Buried Child. Can't? Keith Huff's festival of redneck cliches gives a rough approximation of what it might be like, even adding in the odd motif from The Petrified Forest and The Beverly Hillbillies. There's actually a character in this show dumb enough to ask the angel, "Parlez vous francis?" Not "francais," but "francis." Oddly enough, the piece might have been saved if director Carlo Lorenzo Garcia had embraced its intensely savage streak--the Shepardian element, which clearly wants to take over. But since he hasn't even worked out a credible strategy for dealing with the question of the angel's wings--the play’s goddamn central symbol--that's asking way too much. --Tony Adler


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