Lights Out, Everybody | Dream Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Lights Out, Everybody Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 10 2013

Dream Theatre has done a service in bringing Arch Oboler back from pop-cultural limbo. A Rod Serling before there was a Rod Serling, Oboler purveyed dark thrills to Depression-era radio audiences with his Lights Out series. Jeremy Menekseoglu's stage versions of three Oboler stories come off poorly, though: neither he nor director Giau Truong has figured out how to translate the tales from an aural to a visual medium. Consequently, what we get is flat, fright-challenged, and even unintentionally silly at times. Truong fails to establish the conceptual geography that would help us imagine settings like the sewers of Paris or a bluebeard's castle. And the shabby way he uses a blanket to approximate murder by immersion in concrete, well . . . --Tony Adler

Price: $17-$20

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