So That I May Come Back
The women of Baubo Performance Project have a knack for finding comedy in dangerous situations and sublimity in comic ones. In their current show, loosely based on the trial of a ten-year-old Liverpool girl who murdered two boys in the early 60s, they tightly weave together graceful dance and dancelike gestures, parodic songs, and a witty, evocative text to explore life's dark ambivalences. In one sequence the contradictory feelings of wanting to attract attention and not wanting to attract danger are revealed with a beguiling dance accompanied by Julia Rhoads's deadpan reading of an ominous text: "She is young. She is alone. She is afraid." In a later scene a group number performed to an up-tempo send-up of brassy, early-60s show tunes, "Betty Wants to Dance," illustrates with a funny, sexy, jazzy dance a flirty young woman's descent into dreary domestic hell: no money, no prospects, a baby on the way. It speaks volumes about this troupe's gifts as performers that they handle this highly charged material without resorting either to bathetic melodramatics or to the dumbed-down, numbed-out cliches of pomo minimalism. Through April 6: Friday through Sunday at 8 PM at the Cook County Theatre Department, 2255 S. Michigan (enter on 23rd Street). Tickets are $7; call 312-409-1428 for more information and reservations. --Jack Helbig
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): So That I May Come Back photo/ uncredited.