Satie et Cocteau | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Ron Goldman

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 5 2016
Price: $32, $17 students and seniors
Mike Czuba's tangled metatheatrical dark comedy imagines a one-on-one rehearsal between French writer Jean Cocteau and his nameless lover/lead actor portraying minimalist composter Erik Satie, Cocteau's late former lover. Part biodrama, part surreal play within a play, Czuba's script oscillates between heady platitudes about the creative process and a bloodless romance between an opium addict and an alcoholic, or so we're told—neither actor in this Genesis Theatricals production evolves beyond unvarying line readings and lightly comedic quips, much less becomes intoxicated. Though Satie's music is sprinkled throughout, there's little rhythm or musicality in the show itself—what is billed as a love-hate relationship for the ages comes across instead as a purely cerebral affair. —Dan Jakes



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