In the Company of Men | Profiles Theatre, Main Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

In the Company of Men The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 30 2013

Neil LaBute employs numerous cinematic techniques in this 1992 play—rapid crosscuts among various locations, multiple incidental characters who appear only once—so it's no wonder the 1997 film version worked so well, especially given LaBute's drum-tight direction and pitch-perfect cast. But onstage, in a newly revised version, the story of two self-absorbed advertising executives plotting to ruin a female coworker's life as vengeance against all the "bitches" who've ever done them wrong is comparatively sluggish and inefficient, dulling its keen-eyed evisceration of masculine privilege. And director Rick Snyder's Profiles Theatre production never conveys the toxic, cutthroat environment of LaBute's hyperpatriarchal world. Still, the show's climax is devastating, no matter how long it takes to get there. —Justin Hayford

Price: $35-$40


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