The Two Chairs | Prop Thtr | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through July 13 2014
Price: $15
In Charles Pike's two-hander an unnamed He and She sit back-to-back, engaged in a series of cryptic dialogues about intimacy, emptiness, and art. The 17 short sections may demonstrate that Pike has taste, but he neglects the basics of plot, character, and setting, letting tone overwhelm the rest. We assume this is a deranged sort of therapy; think a less funny version of Christopher Durang, with some S-M thrown in—when time's up, He pays and She slaps him. There are variations on the theme (each of the sessions is punctuated by Glenn Gould playing Bach), as He and She make out, sing, blink, and fantasize, but the work lacks grounding in either full-out absurdity or recognizable modern couple fatigue, and the otherwise smart references come off as pretentious. —Suzanne Scanlon

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