Dust | Heartland Studio Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: Mondays, Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Sept. 14 2015

With this new work, playwright Rob Smith wants to tell a story reminiscent of the 1996 film Shine, about a young classical musician whose gift is destroyed by a domineering father. (The prodigy in Shine is driven mad, the one in Dust merely to bartending.) Smith understands that the drama stands or falls on whether we believe its heroine, Lucia, is an exceptional talent, and he tries to make the case that she is. But because of the way the narrative is structured, that message arrives too late. We spend most of two acts wondering why we should care whether Lucia picks up a violin again. Skyler Schrempp's onstage playing makes the problem worse: though she's a decent instrumentalist, her Lucia is no Heifetz. On the other hand, Schrempp's scenes with best friend Maddy (Patrice Foster) give this Lower Case Theatre production a remarkable intimacy. —Tony Adler

Price: $10-$15

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