The Talking Cure | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22 2015
Price: $20
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They’re not kidding about the talking part. There’s a whole lot of it in Christopher Hampton’s dry-as-dust 2002 drama about Carl Jung and the early days of psychoanalysis. In long, shapeless scenes, Jung debates Freud about the future of their field, recounts his dreams, and treats the overlooked-by-history Sabina Spielrein, a young Russian Jew who eventually becomes Jung’s mistress and, later, colleague. Their affair and Spielrein’s influence on Jung’s thinking are Hampton’s primary concerns, but the characters are all head, no heart. Evan Jackson’s staging for Idle Muse Theatre Company feels stuffy and remote, and each cast member has been saddled with an almost comically thick German or Russian accent. The only sparks of feeling come from Caty Gordon’s spunky Sabina. —Zac Thompson

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