Melancholy Play | Constellation | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Melancholy Play Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 13 2012

Sarah Ruhl's first play (originally produced by Evanston's Piven Theatre in 2002) is a "contemporary farce" about the allure of melancholy. Saucer-eyed Mouzam Makkar plays Tilly, an extravagantly unhappy woman of the type given to fainting on fainting couches and crying on rainy afternoons. Everyone she meets—including her therapist, tailor, and hairdresser—falls in love with her, until she loves them back and they discover how off-putting another person's happiness can be. By the time a character turns into an almond the script has become a quirkfest. Still, Ruhl shows flashes of insight and wit—and the same goes for Grey Ghost Theatre's inaugural production, directed with a light, elegant touch by Amber Robinson. —Zac Thompson

Price: $10-$15

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