The Sweeter Option | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 28 2015
Price: $28, $24 for seniors
Failed Chicago Cub Cyril Tucker turns two-bit private investigator, heads off to repo a rental car, and ends up trapped in an elaborate embezzlement scheme—and in the arms of seemingly pitiless femme fatale Irene. John Henry Roberts’s original semicomic crime escapade hits many of the right noiresque notes, but the flurry of intricate plot points and deliberately scrambled chronology make the story difficult to follow. More problematic, director Marti Lyons’s awkwardly paced Strawdog premiere provides little incentive to care about Tucker or his world. Her cast struggle to render Roberts’s highly styled dialogue persuasive, creating an evening of indistinct motivations and murky relationships. And for all the intriguing plot twists and sordid interludes, the 85-minute piece rarely digs much beneath its pulpy surface. —Justin Hayford
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