Anna, in the Darkness | Dream Laboratory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Saturdays. Continues through Aug. 2 2014

Dream Theatre's celebrating Halloween year-round at its new Lincoln Square digs by running Jeremy Menekseoglu's classic one-woman thriller weekly between main-stage shows. Megan Merrill embodies Anna, a tortured southern schoolteacher, as fearlessly and unnervingly as she did when I saw this performed in 2012. And the anxiety of being trapped in the basement with her as angry, fanatical townies seek to punish her for "that thing" she did was very real—all the more so when the lights flickered and a brick sailed through the window. The basement, reimagined in a new theater, is a reminder how much of Dream Theatre's magic is in the eerie spaces it creates. The company is already cluttering up this one, and I suspect it will settle in soon with alternate universes more creative than our nightmares. —Marissa Oberlander

Price: $20


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