Anna in the Afterlife | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Anna in the Afterlife The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 24 2015

Guardian critic Michael Billington famously once asked of playwright Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis, "How do you judge a 75-minute suicide note?" Something similar could said of writer Richard Engling's deeply personal reflection on a friend and collaborator who took her own life in 1988: How do you judge a suicidal fantasy? Playing a version of himself, Engling chooses between life or death in a purgatory-like void populated by visions of his deceased friends. Susan Padveen's production for Polarity Ensemble Theatre attaches equal value to each semiautobiographical detail—and there are many, enough for two novels in addition to this work, which taken together are supposed to form a trilogy. The end result is a perplexing piece, unquestionable in its sincerity, that left me very much on the outside. —Dan Jakes

Price: $25


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