Five Flights | Red Tape Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Five Flights The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 18 2011

If you saw the Profiles Theatre production of Adam Bock's The Thugs three years ago, you know that Bock has an idiosyncratic, rather surreal sense of the comic. In that play it broke dark. Here, it tends more toward the poetic. A sort of postironic farce, Five Flights concerns a rookery built by a grieving husband to house the soul of his wife, which he envisions as a bird. When the husband himself dies, his heirs have very—very—different ideas of what should become of the rookery. The tale feels a little like a Lilli Carré drawing come to life, and Immediate Theatre's Peter Cieply gives it an optimal staging, with strong performances and a marvelous flow of projections by Michael Fernandez. But for all that, Bock's endless writerly filigrees made me want to jump out of my skin. —Tony Adler

Price: $18-$28


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