Arms and the Man | Chicago Cultural Center, studio theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Arms and the Man Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Mondays, Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through May 15 2011

There's nothing like a chamber theater-style production of a George Bernard Shaw play--no sets and only simple costumes, lighting, and movement--to throw light on his brilliant wit and storytelling. That's especially true when the production is filled with actors who know how to bring a character to life simply and elegantly and make Shaw's dialogue sing--which is the case with this one directed by Robert Scogin for ShawChicago. Jhenai Mootz and Christian Gray crackle as the leads in Shaw's eccentric romance about a spoiled, romantic aristocrat and a skeptical, war-weary soldier who'd rather carry chocolate than ammunition. But it seems unfair to single out Mootz and Gray when everyone involved helps make the show soar. --Jack Helbig

Price: $10-$22

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