Scenes From the Big Picture | Storefront Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 5 2008
Phone: 312-742-8497
Price: $15-$20
If gritty English auteur Mike Leigh and Crash writer/director Paul Haggis collaborated, the result might be very close to Owen McCafferty's slice-of-marginal-Belfast-life drama, now getting an ambitious but underdeveloped local premiere from Seanachai Theatre Company. The big picture here consists of 40 scenes in which familiar hard-luck Celtic types have ironic encounters just like those in Crash (it even ends with a meteorological event a la Crash's freak snowstorm). Scott Cummins's 21-member ensemble finds some gripping moments--especially in a hospital scene between Kat McDonnell as a distraught, infertile wife and Margaret Kustermann as an older woman with a devastating diagnosis. But awkward transitions between scenes dilute the action, which takes far too long to go nowhere all that compelling. --Kerry Reid

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