One Flea Spare | Greenhouse Theater Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 22 2011

Set in the plague year of 1665, Naomi Wallace's play pits members of the wealthy Snelgrave family against a pair of vagrants--a sailor and a young girl claiming to be the daughter of a neighbor--who seek shelter in their home. Mortification of the flesh is a motif of Wallace's poetic 1995 script. Mrs. Snelgrave covers burn scars with gloves, and Bunce the sailor carries a stigmata-like wound in his side. Wallace's class-conscious tale has a schematic quality that Anish Jethmalani's handsome staging for Eclipse Theatre doesn't entirely overcome, but the cast is generally excellent--particularly Brian Parry as a strutting Snelgrave and Susan Monts-Bologna as his sexually and emotionally repressed spouse. Kevin Hagan's elegantly spare set and lighting designs subtly evoke the physical isolation and deprivation threaded throughout the story. --Kerry Reid

Price: $18-$28

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