The American Clock: A Vaudeville | Redtwist Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The American Clock: A Vaudeville The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through May 17 2015

Nearly lost in Arthur Miller's sprawling anecdotal history of the Depression is the singular figure of Theodore K. Quinn, who resigned as president of GE’s board after one day, contemptuous of the marauding corporatization of America. He'd eventually head the Small Business Administration for a buck-a-year salary. He's worth an entire play, but here he's reduced to an irony-drenched song-and-dance man (crooning "I'm Sitting on Top of the World") and dismissed in one brief scene. Miller’s treatment of Quinn is consistent with most everything in this schematic two-and-a-half-hour piece that confuses characters with caricatures, plotting with signposting, drama with diorama. For this Redtwist revival, director Jan Ellen Graves shoehorns 19 actors onto an unhelpfully narrow stage where they hold forth with more commitment than nuance. —Justin Hayford

Price: $30-$35


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