Raskol | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays, Saturdays. Continues through March 23 2013
Price: $15
Kira Obolensky's adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment boils the novel down to a brisk 90 minutes. That's not enough time to convey more than a smidgen of the psychological and philosophical complexity in the tale of Raskolnikov (here called Raskol), a penniless student who murders a pawnbroker in order to test his theories about extraordinary men and what they can get away with. But Obolensky's fever-dream approach does manage to capture the killer's hunted, haunted state of mind. Director David Amaral creates an effectively spooky atmosphere of delirium in this Vintage Theater Collective staging, which features expressionistic lighting and eerie scraps of song written by Joshua Dumas and performed by the cast. Too bad Mark Plonsky's Raskol never seems especially torn up over what he's done. —Zac Thompson



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