Belladonna Luna Sonata | The Frontier | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Belladonna Luna Sonata Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 21 2015

This Plagiarists show has the means to make itself perfectly absurd, but doesn't. Satirizing the mystique of musical titans a la Wagner, playwright Robert Stewart gives us Signeretti, a celebrated composer who planned to cap his oeuvre with a sonata designed to end the world. That effort having failed, the unhinged maestro tries to safeguard his legacy by recounting his career to a hapless gardener. The tales are amusing in a Baron Munchausenesque sort of way, describing epic effects achieved by means of "altered" canyons, organs built into mountains, and pebbles catapulted at a singer's forehead. Nick Freed's Signeretti and Derik Marcussen's pissed-off butler, Kog, are especially fun to watch; Gregory Peters's staging has a nice DIY feel. But these pleasures fade as Stewart runs out of surprises. Belladonna gets sillier without getting more interesting. --Tony Adler

Price: $15


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