Ashes to Ashes | Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ashes to Ashes Recommended Member Picks The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through Sept. 20 2015

Twenty-four years after opening its doors, Intuit gallery presents its first play, Harold Pinter's 1996 one-act Ashes to Ashes. Teaming up with Citizens’ Relief, a company devoted to unknown and overlooked plays, they’ve erected a cozy drawing room in one corner of what was once Randolph Street Gallery’s busy performance space. There dulled married couple Devlin and Rebecca carry on a tense, cryptic conversation mostly about inhuman brutality and eroticized domination. It's a fittingly restrained, meticulous 45 minutes with flashes of delicious inscrutability, but the unwavering pace compromises much of the tension in a script that's already too oblique by half. In a cunning bit of programming, Intuit pairs the show with captivating artwork by Badaskhan Zakoian, who survived the Armenian genocide— and knew something of brutality and domination. —Justin Hayford

Price: $20, $10 members, $6 students


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