Seven Days | Steep Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 6 2008
Phone: 312-458-0722
Price: $18
Steep Theatre's nifty new Edgewater space is a marked improvement over their cramped old home. Too bad this hugely gifted ensemble chose Egan Reich's undercooked, overlong pastiche of biblical allegory and self-conscious anachronism to inaugurate it. Reich isn't a bad writer--there are nuggets of cutting dialogue embedded in the dramaturgical silt--but this script badly needs an editor. And the B-movie pseudo-solemnity of his tale, set in an Old West frontier town teeming with mysterious folks on the edge of apparent environmental apocalypse and totalitarianism, occasionally feels lifted from Michael Crichton's Westworld. Jim Poole's earnest but somewhat clunky staging leaves the Steep regulars straining to deliver credible performances. --Kerry Reid



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