And I | Festival | Chicago Reader

Arts & Culture » Festival

And I

by

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

comment

Like the great DOG and Cook County Theatre Department, Sprung Movement Theatre finds captivating ways to do almost nothing onstage. Unlike most movement-oriented troupes, they never indulge in overwrought, pretentious posturing. Instead they're subtle, hip clowns whose every tiny gesture communicates. And I, their new 50-minute piece, focuses on an unstable friendship between two men that begins when one of them lugs a heavy sack onstage, then jumps out of his skin when the other crawls out of it. Jon Sherman and Anthony Courser explore myriad male rituals for nonintimate intimacy--slapping each other on the back, arm wrestling, comparing muscles, sprawling on the sofa watching cable. And then a birdlike, vaguely menacing woman (Karen Foley) tries to wedge herself into the relationship. There may be a few too many digressions for the piece to feel like a satisfying whole, but Sprung still makes this deliberately empty evening engrossing and hilarious. Through 10/7: Sat 9:30 PM, Prop Thtr, 3502-4 N. Elston, 773-539-7838, $15.

Support Independent Chicago Journalism: Join the Reader Revolution

We speak Chicago to Chicagoans, but we couldn’t do it without your help. Every dollar you give helps us continue to explore and report on the diverse happenings of our city. Our reporters scour Chicago in search of what’s new, what’s now, and what’s next. Stay connected to our city’s pulse by joining the Reader Revolution.

Are you in?

  Give $35/month →  
  Give $10/month →  
  Give  $5/month  → 

Not ready to commit? Send us what you can!

 One-time donation  → 

Add a comment