The Actor's Nightmare; Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

The Actor's Nightmare; Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

The first play on this double bill of Christopher Durang one-acts is about a nebbish who finds himself performing a bizarre script without rehearsal, and the second features a doctrinaire nun whose lecture is interrupted by four aggrieved former students. Under Aaron Shapiro's direction, the actors manage to land most of the important gags, though their tendency to overplay veils the desperate loneliness simmering beneath the characters' wackiness. But perhaps because Shapiro was anxious to freshen up 25-year-old texts, he's added intrusive multimedia effects that distract the audience and disrupt the comic momentum. Durang is crazy enough without trippy videos and eerie puppets. Through 9/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 7 PM, Oracle Productions, 3809 N. Broadway, 773-244-2980, $15 in advance, $20 at door, $10 industry nights Thu.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Zac Thompson

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Bernhardt/Hamlet Goodman Theatre
September 14
Performing Arts
The Great Leap Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Upstairs Theatre
September 05

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories