The Bald Soprano | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

The Bald Soprano 

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

In his book The Theatre of the Absurd, Martin Esslin notes that during the first performance of The Bald Soprano in 1950, playwright Eugene Ionesco was "amazed to hear the audience laugh at what he considered a tragic spectacle of human life reduced to passionless automatism through bourgeois convention and the fossilization of language." Sean Graney's wry current staging, a tribute to the Hypocrites' inaugural production ten years ago, won't inspire any such confusion. Ionesco's study of two addled, cliche-spouting couples has become somewhat shopworn over the years, but it gets a giddy Terry Gilliam-esque makeover here. Exquisitely designed and performed, Graney's hopped-up-on-goofballs staging delights from start to finish. a Through 6/24: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 2 PM, Building Stage, 412 N. Carpenter, 866-811-4111, $20, $10 Thu.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Kerry Reid

Agenda Teaser

Performing Arts
Duck and Cover Classroom The Time Gallery
August 10
Performing Arts
Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge
November 20

Tabbed Event Search

Popular Stories