The Golden Dragon | Victory Gardens Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 23 2014
Price: $20-$25
In this mannered 2010 play, Roland Schimmelpfennig, currently Germany's most produced playwright, obsesses over interconnection and dislocation. The dozen or so characters—two troubled couples, a paranoid shop owner, a lonely old man, international flight attendants, recent Asian immigrants—live or work in the same building yet barely occupy the same universe. Through terse, elliptical scenes—in which men play women, young actors play old, and everyone narrates his own actions—Schimmelpfennig rather preciously illustrates the capriciousness of fate and the heartlessness of humankind. John Kelley's erratic lighting design keeps Sideshow Theatre's hour-long production aptly off-balance, but directors Jonathan Green and Marti Lyons present Schimmelpfennig’s overly detailed scenes with unwavering coolness. As a result, few of the details are telling and few of the characters have meaningful inner lives. —Justin Hayford



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