Subjective Is Beauty | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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Courtesy the Artist

When: Thursdays. Continues through Feb. 22 2018
Phone: 773-492-1287
Price: $15 or pay what you can, $12 in advance
Like a jejune misreading of Kant’s Critique of Judgment combined with a bad psychotherapy session, Paul William Brennan’s Subjective Is Beauty succeeds in making 75 minutes feel like a joyless eternity. It's an experiment with the patience of an audience to tolerate densely pseudo-intellectual dialogue stripped of nearly everything that makes theater worthwhile: story, stagecraft, and human affection. We are in the afterlife, locked in a room with only the most tiresome companions, an “enlightened” creature of no dimensions and a woman who was once beautiful. There is, as they say, no exit. The only pleasures remaining to the audience are the brief delectation of the flowing pre-Raphaelite hair of Beauty (Leslie Keller) and a lame joke about prosopagnosia. Silence is a virtue. Expect none here. Part of the Rhinoceros Theater Festival. —Irene Hsiao



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