The Ballad of Little Duck and The Samaritan Syndrome | Dream Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Ballad of Little Duck and The Samaritan Syndrome The Short List (Theater) Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through June 23 2013

Playwright Jeremy Menekseoglu presents a double bill that refuses to make the audience comfortable. His self-performed Ballad, a relentless vision of a paranoid, deranged man, contains moments of inspiration, but overall it's hard to bear. Why is it so difficult to observe madness? Why did I want to look away? In The Samaritan Syndrome, Menekseoglu takes on the parasitic relationship between patient and doctor, illness and health, pathology and caretaking. It's intriguing, but quickly devolves into a superficial conflation of psych ward and brothel, more confusing—at times annoying—than provocative. Are we meant to sympathize with these traumatized young women, or is this voyeurism? Is it meant to be social critique? Does the writer know that molestation is real—that it's neither sexy nor entertaining? We can't be sure; I'm not certain Menekseoglu is, either. —Suzanne Scanlon

Price: $17-$20

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