Fear & Misery in the Third Reich | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Fear & Misery in the Third Reich The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 11 2018

Haven Theatre Company presents its take on Bertolt Brecht’s 1938 cry of protest against the rise of the Nazi regime. The uniformly enthusiastic cast struggles gamely to deliver Brecht’s heightened, portentous screed against tyranny (translated from the German by Eric Bentley), but the production’s most affecting moments are silent and due to Claire Chrzan’s stark lighting design. Yu Shibagaki’s set—made up of a raised platform​ that takes up most of the room and​ is painted to look like scuffed steel, with seating in two wells and along the walls—succeeds in overwhelming most of the words and​ action. That seating​ I mentioned​ consists of benches with nothing but thin foam for padding, so I’d advise audiences to bring a pillow from home to endure this nearly three-hour affair. —Dmitry Samarov

Price: $18

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