The Illusion | RBP Rorschach | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through April 11 2015
Price: $20
Adapted from 17th-century French tragedian Pierre Corneille’s L'Illusion Comique, playwright Tony Kushner's The Illusion follows a man seeking a powerful sorcerer to aid in his search for his lost son. The play's a series of Russian nesting dolls, or—as Lisa Simpson once quipped–"It's like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest." Part homage to storytelling and magic, part dark farce, Kushner’s adaptation offers us inflated stock characters who one by one get dragged through the dirt of reality. Right Brain Project's intimate space sets an aptly foreboding tone, and the show’s magic routines shine, but ultimately director Nathan Robbel doesn't trust the play’s inner workings to carry it. There's a thin line between stock characters and overplayed caricatures, and on this point, several actors misstep, with Stevie Chaddock a notable exception. Stephen Gawrit's faint, maddening music scores the production's every moment, threatening to spoil the unfolding illusions. —Chloe Riley



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