The Man Who Was Thursday | Lincoln Park Cultural Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2009
Phone: 773-516-3546
Price: $12-$18
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G.K. Chesterton's 1908 farce of ideas gets a whip-smart adaptation by Bilal Dardai that strays from the original but still manages to feel both true to Chesterton and attuned to contemporary debates about domestic security. Dardai soft-pedals the Catholic symbolism driving Chesterton's allegory--about a poet-turned-undercover operative (Dan Granata) who falls into a nightmare world of alleged anarchists--while making its disquisitions on how one functions in a world of chaos come through clearly. Jessica Hutchinson's inventive staging and an agile ensemble find the right balance between the ridiculous masquerades of the anarchists (one in full Cyrano regalia) and the chilling realization that, once unmasked by the world, none of us knows what our next step should be. --Kerry Reid

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