Ithaka | Chopin Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Ithaka The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 13 2014

Lanie, a marine who’s recently returned from Afghanistan and has the PTSD to prove it, takes off in her car one day when civilian life becomes unbearable. On the road, she’s haunted by memories of a comrade who died under circumstances for which Lanie feels responsible. Playwright Andrea Stolowitz tosses in a prologue delivered by Odysseus (speaking of postwar travelers) and a couple of surreal encounters with ghosts, but the characters in this 85-minute drama remain flat and indistinct. The cast of Mitch Golob’s production for InFusion Theatre Company turn in heartfelt performances, but they’re upstaged by Liviu Pasare’s evocative video projections showing a desert highway, a roller coaster ride, and scenes of domestic confinement. Oftentimes Pasare’s work is the most compelling thing onstage. —Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$25


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