Erratica | The Second Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Erratica The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 14 2011

Beautiful, tart-tongued English professor Samantha Stafford wants to keep sex and Elizabethan literature separate in this campus comedy by Reina Hardy. But they get tangled up all the same when a student tries to seduce Samantha with Shakespearean sonnets and the ghost of Christopher Marlowe starts whispering naughty nothings in her ear. Hardy writes with punch and verve but fails to integrate her romantic story strand with less interesting ones involving Samantha's aggressive publicist and a Marlboro Man-esque librarian. Dan Foss's staging for the American Demigods zips along, and Lisa Herceg conveys a nimble wit as Samantha. Apart from a striptease performed by Marlowe and a pair of go-go boys, though, the production never generates the heat it needs. --Zac Thompson

Price: $15


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