Modigliani | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Modigliani Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 22 2009

Those madcap artists of Montparnasse do a lot of running around and yelling in Dennis McIntyre's 1964 dark comedy--the first scene makes Amedeo Modigliani, Chaim Soutine, and Maurice Utrillo look like the Three Stooges. The play supposedly "chronicles a critical 72-hour period" in Modigliani's life, but one minute is pretty much like the next, spent drinking and demanding money, food, or recognition. There's no real conflict or suspense, and no real outcome, so it's unclear why these days are critical. I got so tired of the artists' hair-pulling rants that by the time Modigliani met with cruel dealer Cheron (Vic Doylida, entertainingly fastidious), I was rooting for the dealer. Director Kathy Scambiatterra delivers high velocity and even higher decibel levels. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $15-$25


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