Fruit Tree Backpack/Madeleine Remains | McKaw Theater | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Fruit Tree Backpack/Madeleine Remains Recommended The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Sun., July 25 and Mon., July 26 2010

Most of what's here is predictably good. It's no surprise, for instance, that Madeleine Remains, Michael Martin's new portrait of Andre Gide's wife/beard/muse, is a thoughtful, occasionally arresting exploration of celebrity's dark underbelly--one of Martin's favorite subjects. Or that Barrie Cole's Fruit Tree Backpack--comprising three fragments from a doomed relationship--is at once literate, naive, shadowy, and psychologically probing. Or that Eric Ziegenhagen's quiet, understated production of the Cole piece casts an alluring spell. But who knew playwright Marisa Wegrzyn--one of the Reader's 2008 choices for best playwright--would turn out to be such an ingeniously subtle actress? She follows Cole's singularly circuitous path without a moment's misstep. This 75-minute double bill is smart, engaging, and satisfying. --Justin Hayford

Price: $12


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