Hitler on the Roof | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Hitler on the Roof The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 9 2017

Danish playwright Rhea Leman’s expressionistic 2011 one-act traps an unrepentant, undead Joseph Goebbels in Hitler’s subterranean bunker, where he sings, dances, kvetches, and broadcasts Nazi propaganda. Eventually a decrepit Leni Riefenstahl shows up, playing the simpering sexpot in an unaccountable effort to reunite Goebbels with the six children he murdered before committing suicide in 1945. Pitting these morally atrophied souls against each other in the underworld should generate a theatrical firestorm, but Leman plays it safe, content to belabor the obvious dangers of 20th-century fascism with equally obvious nods to contemporary nationalistic fervor. Directors Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson struggle to keep their cast in the same play; Amy Gorelow’s frenetic Goebbels is a one-dimensional cartoon, while Jay Torrence’s smoldering Riefenstahl is a multilayered clown. —Justin Hayford

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