Burning Bluebeard Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, Dec. 20-21 and Wed., Dec. 28. Continues through Dec. 30 2011

Jay Torrence's deconstruction of the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire starts as a punked-out holiday panto but soon unpeels heartfelt meditations on mortality and storytelling. A ghostly group of actors join a guilt-ridden stage manager in the wreckage of the Loop theater where over 600 died to try and finish the show that was running the day of the fire—a version of the Bluebeard story. Halena Kays's pitch-perfect direction makes the uproarious comedy (a breakneck demonstration of the Neo-Futurarium's own fire exits) and unbearable poignancy (Leah Urzendowski as a doomed aerialist, Ryan Walters as comedian Eddie Foy) equally memorable. A grim antidote to holiday faux-cheer, Burning Bluebeard celebrates the ephemeral in life and onstage. —Kerry Reid

Price: $10-$20

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