Beauty and the Beast | Museum of Contemporary Art | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 11 2016

Married performance artists Julie Atlas Muz and Mat Fraser, billing themselves as Oneofus, spend a none-too-subtle evening drawing parallels between the titular 18th-century fairy tale and their own romantic relationship. Muz, a burlesque performer and onetime Miss Coney Island, is the beauty, while Fraser, a self-described disability artist with thalidomide-induced phocomelia (he calls his arms "small and perfectly deformed") is, discomfitingly, the beast. For 80 minutes they alternately enact the fairy tale, ably assisted by clever puppetry and cunning scenic design, and recount the course of their romance. Neither story digs much below the surface, and neither performer has adequate chops to command a stage as large as MCA's. By the finale they're nude and thrashing away in semi-simulated coitus. Bully for them. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30

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