Lydie Breeze | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Lydie Breeze The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

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

Attempting to evoke the 1895 Nantucket of the mind where John Guare's lyrical 1982 play unfolds, set designer Tianyu Qiu drapes distressed, sand-blown linen amid rough-hewn bits of quasi-nautical detritus. But it looks more like a mummy exploded all over a Long John Silver's. This muddled sense of place extends to nearly every element of director Jeremy Garrett's inert production. Of course, Guare's got his own problems with inertia; he presents the collapsing Hickman family, cursed with suicide, homicide, syphilis, and metaphoritis, almost entirely through exposition, memory, and reportage, rather than in-the-moment action. But Garrett's cast haven't made adequate sense of where they are—emotionally, psychologically, or historically—rendering their interactions superficial and their speech little more than florid, academic prose. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$20