The Detective's Wife | Writers Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 14 2011
Price: $50-$60
The last three shows I saw Barbara Robertson in were musicals, and one of those--Wicked--ran in a house that seats over 2,200 people. So it's very cool to see her up close in Writers' Theatre's tiny second space, performing Keith Huff's evening-length monologue about the widow of a Chicago homocide detective who investigates her husband's murder. At one level, Huff's text offers an intriguing whodunit. At another, it's a writerly riff in which the widow gets conflated with both Prince Hamlet and Hamlet's mother, Gertrude. The Shakespearean overlay is self-conscious and gratuitous, but it's also got its fascination in that it leads to an unorthodox vision of who Gertrude is and what she might be thinking when she goes to sleep with the usurper, Claudius, at night. Perhaps because Robertson's so used to big stages, she was trying to sell the role rather than act it on opening night. At Writers', she can afford to bring down the amperage. --Tony Adler



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