La Raison d'Etre | Athenaeum Theatre | Dance, Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

La Raison d'Etre New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Fridays-Sundays. Continues through June 7 2015

"Steamy love triangle in a flashy Chicago nightclub" isn't a pioneering plot concept, but this mostly wordless dance play from Tapman Productions compensates with a trailblazing dance device, assigning characters differing styles—tap or modern—to cue us into friendships or developing rifts. The main beef exists between the young, short-tempered nightclub owner and his young, short-statured wife after he discovers she's cheating on him with his club's sensitive hulk of a middle-aged dish boy (their affair is surreally represented by a passionate and effective modern duet on a tremendous blue exercise ball). During transitions between showpieces, the friendly maitre d' (with his obscurely out-of-place New York accent) dishes out the perfect amount of backstory, and even tempts us to forgive his cliches. —Jena Cutie

Price: $27, $22 students and seniors


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