Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn | Cornservatory | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 10 2016

The adjectives “charming” and “confessional” may seem like an odd pairing, but somehow they both apply to Cry Baby Meets Audrey Hepburn at the Cornservatory. As narrator and protagonist Olya (Shaina Schrooten) recounts her Russian-Jewish upbringing, we see the birth of an inferiority complex. She's never good enough for her merciless Russian immigrant mother, Lena (Kristina Guzikova). She keeps falling in and out of love at the wrong times with various men. In a very real-seeming meeting at the so-called “University of Greatness” (a nice whimsical touch), her idealism withers before a bloodless sociology professor—played by Matthew Lunt, who is fabulous and ironic in a range of clueless male roles. A victim of consumer culture’s misleading fairy tales about love and happiness, Olya is permanently infantilized in a world that moves too fast around her. Special mention must go to Archer Curry for designing some delightful puppet interludes. —Max Maller

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