Fool for Love | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Fool for Love The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12 2017

In the spot where you'd expect to find a biographical note about director Zeljko Djukic, the program for this inaugural production by Facility Theatre quotes drama professor Stephen J. Bottoms on Wim Wenders's 1984 film Paris, Texas, which Sam Shepard wrote. "Shepard fully endorsed Wenders' approach," the quote reads, "suggesting that the director's 'Europeanness' had enabled him to highlight an obsessive quality about . . . American culture that certain American directors would totally overlook." Watch the production and it's easy to see why the Yugoslavian-born Djukic might find that worth sharing. Especially in its opening passages, Djukic's staging brings an almost Beckettian inertia to Shepard's tale of haunted lovers having it out in a cheap motel. Like the characters in Endgame, they obsessively replay their peculiar tragedy. Something is gained, but something is lost, too: a secure grounding in shit-kicking American naturalism. —Tony Adler

Price: $20

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