The Art of Disappearing | 16th Street Theater, Berwyn Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 28 2015
Price: $18
Many fictional depictions of Alzheimer’s cases don’t do much more than catalog symptoms and dispense platitudes (looking at you, Still Alice). But playwright Stephanie Alison Walker manages to avoid those drama-killing pitfalls in her portrait of Charlotte, a strong-willed North Shore woman (played with an icy smile by Joan Kohn) who’s in the early stages of dementia. Walker never suggests that Charlotte is defined or ennobled by her illness; she has the same flaws before and after her diagnosis. Charlotte’s estrangement from her adult daughter, Melissa, the play’s other central character, is handled less effectively—for starters, Walker never tells us what the bone of contention is. Ann Filmer’s fluid staging, which alternately feels naturalistic and dreamlike, deftly mimics Charlotte’s mental state without getting overblown. —Zac Thompson
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