A Beautiful Spell | Royal George Theatre Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Beautiful Spell Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: July 11-13 and Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 7 2011

The premise is simple, and playwright Greg Kalleres lays it out with admirable efficiency. Thirtysomething claims adjuster Jim is startled awake in the middle of the night to find his wife, Franny, standing at the foot of the conjugal bed, staring at him. She says she's scared, he wants to know why, and with a little prodding she comes out with it: "I don't love you." The rest of this two-hour two-hander consists of Jim and Franny dealing with the fallout. Kalleres frames their wee-hours negotiations as comedy, though not necessarily the romantic sort—these kids have a lot to work out. There's a nice wit to the dialogue, and an air of truth to the issues raised. But Kalleres has to strain some to get us to the climax, which is both creative and contrived. Eric Burgher, Maggie Corbett, and director Ian Streicher don't quite manage to cover the weaknesses. Still, they take excellent advantage of the strengths. —Tony Adler

Price: $15-$25


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