The Wind Cries Mary | City Lit Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 24 2008
Phone: 773-353-5979
Price: $15-$18
Though set among Japanese-American academic types in 1968 San Francisco, Philip Kan Gotanda's drama takes its characters and plot points from Ibsen's Hedda Gabler: same restless heroine, same mediocre husband (and virile alternative), same explosive finish. What's missing is the earlier play's tautness and complexity. Gotanda's work seems an unintentional caricature of Ibsen--gloomy, dense, dull, and punctuated by moments of baffling fury. Ghuon Max Chung's murky, muffled production for A-Squared Theatre Workshop exacerbates the diffuseness of the script. Failing to build a cohesive ensemble or recreate Ibsen's claustrophobic atmosphere, the cast contribute inoffensive but flat performances, robbing Hedda of her most compelling feature: her flawed, multifaceted humanity. --Zac Thompson



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