One Thing, and Everything Else | The Building Stage | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

One Thing, and Everything Else The Short List (Theater) Recommended Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Saturdays, Sundays. Continues through May 9 2010

Director David Amaral teamed up with indie musician Joshua Dumas to create something like a Restoration-era semi-opera, based loosely on Raymond Carver's short story "Gazebo." Success was a long shot, given their six-week development period and Dumas's complete lack of musical training (he even had to look up the alto saxophone's range on Wikipedia). But watching their sophisticated, richly nuanced 65-minute finished piece, you’d think they've been creating such works for years. Dumas's haunting, atmospheric score--Eno meets Gorecki--provides a poignant foil to Carver's portrait of a hard-drinking, luckless married couple struggling to overcome the husband's infidelity. In splintered scenes, each character is played by two actors--a present and future self, reaching across chasms of regret. It's graceful, engrossing and heartbreaking. --Justin Hayford

Price: $12


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