Spirits to Enforce | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 29 2012
Price: $5-$15
Playwright Mickle Maher, a cofounder of Chicago's Theater Oobleck, brilliantly plays several games at once in this heady comic meditation on theater, identity, awesome powers, and Shakespeare's The Tempest. Set in a fund-raising boiler room, the piece concerns 12 superheroes with preposterous names like the Pleaser and Fragrance Fellow, united in their quest for the money they need to stage Shakespeare's own meditation on theater, identity, and awesome powers. It's a measure of Maher's skill as a writer that he's able gracefully to balance the intellectual and emotional sides of his story, finding time for both a detailed deconstruction of the Bard's text and a fleeting romance between young lovers. Gus Menary's production for Abraham Werewolf is packed with spirited comic performances, led by Blake Russell doing a star turn as a failed phone solicitor, would-be Ariel, and the play's moral center. —Jack Helbig


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