Tales of Fated Love | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Tales of Fated Love New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater) Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 22 2015

Clock Theater's 80-minute one-act is an example of an intriguing premise sabotaged by botched execution. Writer-director David Denman has adapted four love stories from world folklore with tragic or ironic resolutions. One involves a man who entices the woman he loves to remove her black neck ribbon—with ghastly consequences. One recounts a Finnish legend about a showdown between two wizards. A third, set in imperial China, concerns a civil servant who tries to change the destiny revealed to him by the goddess of marriage. Another chronicles a stonemason's foolish attempt to woo a princess by building her a palace. And the climax tells of a young doctor whose amazing medical skills—a gift from none other than Death herself—cannot save his own fiancee. Unfortunately, the acting is amateurish and the production quality slipshod. And Denman's framing device—the vignettes are narrated by three Victorian schoolgirls—is awkward and inefficient. This material would have been more effective in a minimalist chamber-theater style with the characters narrating the events they experience. —Albert Williams

Price: $15

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