Oedipus Rex Play | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through June 11 2011
Price: $20
Vintage Theater Collective's website calls this chaotic, childlike show "stupid." On one level, that's true. Adapters David Amaral and Max Wirt imagine Sophocles's tragedy as performed by five talentless actors who've never bothered to read the play but are half-heartedly trying to stage it, anyway (with intermittent musical assistance from some Weezer wannabes), based on their memory of a cliche-ridden experimental college production they may've seen several years ago. The ludicrous extremes to which they go are pathetically moving, as they, like most of us, try to wrest epic lives from farcical clutter. There's no mistaking the cast's significant acting chops; they're awful in unique, convincing, consistently surprising ways. Astonishingly, the play's final collapse feels truly tragic. This is smart stuff indeed. --Justin Hayford


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