Lecherous Honey | Berger Park | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Lecherous Honey The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 12 2016

This promenade-style production from Cock and Bull Theatre is presented as an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, but what it really does is strip all the nuance from Ibsen’s plot and do the play as if it were a dime-store historical romance set somewhere in Norway, near a fjord. Helene Alving, the widow of a ship’s captain, has pressured her son, Oswald, into coming home from his artist’s life in Paris, ignorant of the fact that Oswald has inherited syphilis from his dead father, who caught it in the course of an affair with the maid. Oswald now falls in love with the daughter of that same maid, his half-sister, even as syphilis eats through his bones. In Ibsen, you get Helene’s unbearable disdain for her husband’s wrongdoing, mixed with simultaneous love and contempt for their son, mixed with Oswald’s illness and mounting dread. In Lecherous Honey, you get mother and son dry-humping on the couch. —Max Maller

Price: $25, $15 students


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