Bobrauschenbergamerica Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 28 2008

Whatever Charles L. Mee writes about, one senses that the real subject is his own coy self. That's true even when he's dealing with Robert Rauschenberg, the artist whose "combines" put taxidermy, quilts, and other bits of Americana together in joyous communion. The joy is definitely there in Mee's piece (originally created with Anne Bogart's SITI Company) but this belabored revival by Chicago Fusion Theatre tends to highlight Mee's wincing tendency to reduce life's experiences--love, heartbreak, mass murder--to the theatrical equivalent of a smiley-face emoticon. Jack Tamburri's staging boasts some stunning projections by Samantha Tucker, and movement director Ellyzabeth Adler makes adroit use of a tiny space. Still, this homage to a guy famous for thinking in three dimensions falls flat. --Kerry Reid

Price: $20

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