Simpatico | A Red Orchid Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 15 2013
Phone: 312-943-8722
Price: $25-$30
"Behind every great fortune," Honore de Balzac is supposed to have said but didn't (what he actually said was nowhere near as pithy), "is a great crime." In Simpatico, Sam Shepard posits a corollary: that sometimes the great crime amounts to nothing more a sleazy scam. His case in point concerns Carter, a child of the less glamorous inland precincts of southern California, where the aerospace job boom of the 1960s yielded the Superfund cleanup sites of the '80s. At some point during the transition from prosperity to toxicity, Carter and his lifelong buddy, Vinnie, were making their living at the racetrack, buying and selling thoroughbreds in claiming races. Then they had an idea: Why not switch fast horses for similar-looking slow ones and make a killing when the supposed plodder beats the odds? The glitch came when they were found out by an honest track official named Simms. Well, honest and horny. They ruined Simms by putting a woman in his way and snapping pictures of the results. Continue reading >>



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