Regarding the Just | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 5 2014
Price: $20-$25
Adapters Pascal Collins and Nicolas Le Guevel take Albert Camus's 1949 play—about the real-life cabal that murdered Russian grand duke Sergei Alexandrovich in 1905—and give it a performance-art twist. In this version, the Just are a modern-day Velvet Underground, jamming, noodling, and shlumping through Camus's poetic, philosophical text. It's more a happening than a play, as director Valéry Warnotte's edgy cast address the audience directly, fuck around upstage when not in scene, and generally disregard any meaningful stage directions. It's an intriguing, unsettling, relentlessly irresolute affair—at least for a while. But eventually the metatheatricality starts dropping away, and Warnotte increasingly asks us to accept the characters as czarist-era Russian terrorists with midcentury French existentialist bents. The shift creates more confusion than illumination. —Justin Hayford



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