Shining City | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Shining City The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through March 6 2011

Ian is an ex-priest turned therapist who works out of a small, dingy, Dublin office and apparently has only one client, John, an older man who believes his recently deceased wife is haunting him. Scenes alternating with their sessions show Ian arguing with his fiancee and having an awkward encounter with a male prostitute--revealing that, like his patient, he leads a life of quiet desperation. Director Joanie Schultz catches the quiet in this Redtwist Theatre staging of Conor McPherson's 2004 drama, but misses the desperation. John Arthur Lewis maintains a reserve that never cracks as Ian, while Brian Parry's John is too mild-mannered and tweedy. --Zac Thompson

Price: $20-$30


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