Sweet Child of Mine | Neo-Futurarium | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Sept. 21 2013
Price: $20
Family issues have been a staple of theater all the way back to Oedipus Rex, so there's nothing very remarkable about Australian performance artist Bron Batten giving us a look at hers. Thing is, most such narratives usually derive interest from tension—angry adults, rebellious kids. But if Batten has any knock-down-drag-out stories to tell, they're not in Sweet Child of Mine. Her parents come across as supremely tolerant in the video interviews that dot this autobiographical 60-minute piece; dad Jim even appears in person, supportively telling cornball jokes. And that's the point. Whether doing pretentious dances or recounting the advanced education that's rendered her "properly unemployable," Batten embodies the artist as perpetual child, incapacitated by appreciation. The show itself is a victim of the syndrome it exposes, petering out, amiably, before it's quite gotten anywhere. —Tony Adler



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