Dirty Butterfly | Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 10 2016

When T. S. Eliot’s friend Conrad Aiken congratulated him effusively on the publication of Poems 1909-1925, Eliot responded in rebuke with a clipping from a journal for nurses and midwives in which he'd underlined the words “blood, mucus, shreds of mucus, purulent offensive discharge." Debbie Tucker Green’s Dirty Butterfly, making its American debut at Halcyon Theatre in a coproduction with the Blind Owl, is concerned overtly with the discharge, the blood, vomit, mucus, and urine, of its main character. Jo (Leah Raidt), whose powers of allure are almost supernatural, is in a loud, violent relationship that keeps neighbors Amelia (Genevieve VenJohnson) and Jason (Reginald Robinson Jr.) awake in their West End flats. As they each become obsessed with her—Amelia possessed by the desire to clean up after her both figuratively and literally, voyeuristic Jason by the desire to "save" Jo—it becomes clear she's being brutalized so badly in bed that she's bleeding internally and may die. Sensitively directed by Azar Kazemi, Dirty Butterfly is as memorable and profound as it is brutal. —Max Maller

Price: $20; limited number of free seats available at the door

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