Tea With Edie and Fitz | Stage 773 | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Tea With Edie and Fitz Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 9 2013

In 1925 Edith Wharton, matronly defender of Gilded Age propriety, invited Jazz Age iconoclast F. Scott Fitzgerald to tea. By the time the Earl Grey had cooled, they were no longer on speaking terms. The episode is full of dramatic potential, but playwright Adam Pasen loads so many literary references, historical anecdotes, and metatheatrical tricks into this Dead Writers Theatre Collective premiere that there's little room for coherent narrative. He gives us portraits of the leads and of their muses/nemeses—Henry James and Zelda Fitzgerald—but only the addled, vindictive Fitzgeralds have much at stake. Wharton mostly dithers and putters; James is a witty ghost. Director Jim Schneider's stagey production comes to life only when the Fitzgeralds start tearing into each other. —Justin Hayford

Price: $15-$30


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