Adentro | Aguijón Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Adentro Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 18 2012

Cuban playwright Abel Gonzalez Melo explores the eternal themes of parental preference, sibling rivalry, and sexual infidelity in his sometimes fascinating, sometimes slow-moving 80-minute play. Set in contemporary Havana and structured as a series of discrete monologues, Adentro ("Within") often seems intentionally obscure. The story is told out of sequence and piecemeal, as if Gonzalez Melo were embarrassed by the archetypal simplicity of his premise (two brothers—one artistic, the other more practical—are attracted to the same woman) and felt he had to complicate it. As a result, much of the potential drama is blunted. Still, director Sandor Menendez and his cast of four find enough emotional truth in the script to keep things going. And Marcopolo Soto is especially riveting as the more aggressive, pragmatic brother. The play is performed in English translation on Thursdays and Saturdays, and in the original Spanish on Fridays and Sundays. —Jack Helbig

Price: $15-$20


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