The Year of Magical Thinking | Court Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 14 2010
Phone: 773-753-4472
Price: $32-$56
In the 2005 memoir on which this evening-length monologue is based, Joan Didion details her "magical" responses to the sudden death of her husband, writer John Gregory Dunne, during their adult daughter's near-fatal medical emergency. She expects to see Dunne in his usual places, believes camping out at the hospital will keep the daughter, Quintana Roo, safe, and feels generally uprooted, hypervigilant, and lost. Nothing unusual in that, yet Didion chronicles every twitch of her precious grief as though it were headline news--and, tellingly, gives almost no sense of what Dunne or Quintana were like. Didion's self-absorption permeates the theatrical adaptation, a problem the usually engrossing Mary Beth Fisher can't overcome. Under Charles Newell's overly brisk direction, Fisher is uncharacteristically chilly and remote. A thousand slick light cues make the story even less human. --Justin Hayford
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