The Solid Gold Cadillac | Athenaeum Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 5 2009
Phone: 312-902-1500
Price: $18-$20
An inferior effort even in its own time, this 1953 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann is positively creaky today. It's the story of an eccentric little old lady who exposes the incompetence and corruption of the executives at a mega-corporation in which she owns a few shares of stock. The Main-Street-vs.-Wall-Street theme seems timely, but the contrived plotting, scattershot gags, and dated references keep the work from gaining comic momentum. And the broad overplaying by director Chris Maher's cast--headed by Sara Sevigny, visibly too young for the role of the troublemaking shareholder--undercuts what little satiric bite the script still retains. The one saving grace of Open Eye Productions' revival is wizened Dean Peerman as the wisecracking, elderly narrator. --Albert Williams



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