Fulton Street Sessions Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 31 2012

Director Zeljko Djukic and the TUTA Theatre Chicago ensemble have navigated deadly difficult scripts by Chekhov and Shakespeare, but they fail to find their way through their own, original performance piece. Reportedly inspired by the big snowstorm of February 2011, Fulton Street Sessions starts promisingly as a bewildered, heavyset man clad only in a towel is stripped, washed, and stuffed into multiple layers of winter clothes by a trio of silent taskmasters, who then put him through absurd physical routines. The ten-minute scene is unsettling, trenchant, silly, mesmerizing, and about the only part of this 80-minute, cabaret-style show offering coherent logic and resonant imagery. Most of the rest consists of semifocused songs, monologues, and movement lacking theatrical rigor or a clear point of view. —Justin Hayford

Price: $25-$30

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