The Water Engine: An American Fable | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 19 2010
Price: $12-$25
Originally written as a radio play, David Mamet's cautionary tale concerns an inventor who attracts the dangerous attentions of ruthless corporate interests by building an engine that runs on distilled water. The 1976 script is minor Mamet, filled with comic-strip stock characters and stilted dialogue. But it benefits from inventive visual design in this revival by Theatre Seven of Chicago. Brian Golden's staging starts out in the style of a live radio drama, with some cast members speaking into microphones while others provide sound effects. Gradually, though, the on-the-air conceit morphs into an eerie expressionist nightmare suited to the tale's 1930s setting. --Albert Williams



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