The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 16 2009
Phone: 773-347-1350
Price: $10-$20
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Jean Brodie is a dimestore Ayn Rand who makes acolytes of a bunch of adolescents at a Scottish school for girls. Declaring that she's in the business of putting "old heads on young shoulders," she ignores the curriculum to preen before her charges, absorb them into her psychosexual fantasies, and turn them into little fascists. Thing is, it's not just naive kids who are seduced. She pulls some adults into her bizarre orbit, too. Playing Brodie as a transparent prig, with a chin-up, chest-out carriage not unlike Mussolini's, Patricia Austin never communicates Brodie's mystique, which makes it an open question why everyone's so taken with her. Signal Ensemble Theatre's otherwise nicely realized production has a hole at its center. --Tony Adler

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