One Flea Spare | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

One Flea Spare The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through July 25 2014

It's 1665, London is suffering an outbreak of the bubonic plague, and wealthy old William Snelgrave is confined to his home under enforced quarantine because his servants have succumbed to the disease. He shares the premises with his love-starved wife and two refugees from the horror outside: a sailor and a mysterious 12-year-old girl. In her poetic drama from 1995, playwright Naomi Wallace offers an intriguing portrait of a social order under more pressure than it can take. I'd like to see it performed sometime. The thing Jeffrey Clark Stokes has directed under the aegis of Ghost Light Productions doesn't qualify. It's a clueless, clumsy, incoherent mess that fails to function at the most rudimentary level. —Tony Adler

Price: $10


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