A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: June 30-July 3 2009

Trap Door Theatre, which has made a specialty of producing avant-garde work from eastern Europe, brings first-rate ensemble acting and striking minimalist, multimedia design to Dorota Maslowska's intriguing 2006 black comedy. This U.S. premiere follows a stoned young couple, Parcha (Kevin Cox) and Dzina (Tiffany Bedwell), as they try to get back to Warsaw after a late-night "extreme poverty" theme party. Stranded in the wintry woods with no money or phone, the drugged-out duo pretend to be homeless gypsies and hitch rides from people who are either horrified by them (David Steiger, Kinga Modjeska) or even more whacked-out than they are (Marzena Bukowska, Marco Garcia). Director Max Truax draws the audience into the characters' disoriented world: his actors walk around rather than attempt to realistically represent sitting in a car, while video designer Aaron Covich's grainy highway footage heightens this hallucinatory road movie for the stage. --Albert Williams

Price: $20, two-for-one on Thursdays

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