The Locketeer | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through March 3 2018
Price: $20 Thu-Fri, $25 Sat, 2 for 1 Fri
In a review last year, Reader critic Justin Hayford asked if Bucktown's tiny, spartan Trap Door Theatre was "Chicago’s greatest theater success of the last quarter century." Hell if I know, but this I can say for sure: walking down the company's slim corridor for the first time since the presidential election, I've never felt more grateful to have a company in our own backyard that's been churning out intellectually rigorous, emotionally challenging, fiercely political work for decades. For the European-focused company, dystopia has never been a futuristic fantasy. This production of Elias Canetti’s 1956 play The Numbered, adapted and directed by Catherine Sullivan, though, is uncharacteristically declawed. Though the premise—an authoritarian regime implementing predetermined lifespans—is rich, much is muddied by broad embellishments like labored movement pieces and outsize operatic performances that aren't held together by much of an emotional core. —Dan Jakes

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