La Bete | Trap Door Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

La Bete Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 2 2015

If you've ever wondered what sitcoms would've looked like had the genre been invented in 17th-century France, you would do well to look to David Hirson's 1991 comedy La Bête. Presented here by Trap Door Theatre under the direction of Kay Martinovich, this madcap merry-go-round, written in rhyming couplets, begins at a meeting between the esteemed playwright Elomire (a fictionalized Molière), his partner Bejart, and the street clown Valere; Elomire's royal benefactor (read: boss) wants them to collaborate, to the fierce displeasure of Elomire. Already, it's a timeless scenario, and its absurd parody of the relationship between critic and artist is a hoot. But despite the impeccable comic timing of Jesse Dornan as Elomire and Casey Chapman as Bejart, the production leaves the impression that the play would be better on the page than on the stage. —Jena Cutie

Price: $20-$25

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