Promiscuous Stories | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 23 2008
Price: $20
The Plagiarists' unapologetically inscrutable adaptations of seven Jonathan Lethem short stories (one of which is adapted five ways) will surely irritate those who already can't bear the author's penchant for zeitgeisty meaninglessness. But within Lethem's forlorn whimsy--in one story a perpetually dozing man appears on a lonely woman's doorstep and becomes her pet, plant sitter, and sex toy--director Gregory Peters finds the absurdity and poignance of postmodern life. His cast's understated, slouchy passions give the stories a hip urgency for two and half hours despite multiple clunky scene changes and occasional lapses into excessive wackiness. Lethem offers these and ten other stories free to adapters as part of his Promiscuous Materials Project. Here's hoping the Plagiarists are already preparing volume two. --Justin Hayford



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