L'Imbecile | Rivendell Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

L'Imbecile Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Saturdays. Continues through May 10 2014

Like deranged fun-house ghouls, the characters in this new play by Aaron Adair pop out and grab you. Based on Verdi's Rigoletto, the plot follows a sex-crazed queen (Maureen Yasko, whose entrance would make Frank-N-Furter blush) and her fool/procurer (Kathrynne Wolf). Cursed by a priestess for the queen's licentiousness, they throw the scold behind bars. Then it's the fool's own son's turn to be seduced. Drum beats mark every movement of this Babes With Blades production, staged in commedia dell'arte-style whiteface and featuring the "violence design" of Alison Dornheggen. The mind games may leave you feeling like a guest at the Mad Hatter's tea party, but—aside from a too-long second act—it works. Trade in the shackles of morality for a pair of handcuffs, the play spits. 'Tis better to have loved brutally than to have lived boringly. —Chloe Riley

Price: $20, $12 for students and seniors

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