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Loving Repeating The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 30 2015

Gertrude Stein was a genius. A genius. A genius. A genius. Although generally (and rather condescendingly) remembered for investing in modernist art, she in fact helped invent the thing—doing as much as James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, or spare-voiced Ernest Hemingway to subvert the sacred conventions of English prosody. In the manner of Matisse and Cezanne, Stein flattened out the literary canvas to draw our attention to its raw constituent elements: words, sounds, rhythms. In the manner of Picasso and the cubists, she disrupted the flow of familiar narratives to render them rare and strange again. Frank Galati and Stephen Flaherty clearly understood all that when they created their 2006 chamber musical about Stein, Loving Repeating, running now in an amiably bad revival from Kokandy Productions. The piece opens with the great lady standing behind a lectern at the University of Chicago in 1934, delivering a characteristically playful speech on the underpinnings of her oeuvre. Galati's script quotes from Stein's own discussions of her revolutionary intentions. Continue reading >>

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