Two Sharp Knives, Women, Politics, and Murder | The Buena at Pride Arts Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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click to enlarge Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman

Lesley Fisher Chapman

Two Sharp Knives, Women, Politics, and Murder The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 29 2017
Price: $15
Dashiell Hammett stories get the gender-bending treatment in this Clock production, which bills itself as “theatre noir.” The politician/contractor mysteriously murdered in the pulpy original is recast as a woman in CJ Chapman's adaptation—same for the private dick on the case, and the detective sergeant, etc etc. This would all be well and good did it not lead to lines like “a simple case of she said/she said.” The transition music, costumes, and lighting are a three-pronged assault of bad taste, and the only nod to traditional film noir is the deployment of a rather noisy fog machine. —Max Maller



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