The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead | Writers Theatre, Books on Vernon | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead Closing (Theater and Galleries) The Short List (Theater)

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through July 29 2012

The title suggests a noirish romp. But this 2004 piece by Australian playwright Robert Hewett turns out to be a sincere drama of the pebble-in-a-pond variety, where you watch the effects of a single act ripple out among people standing at various distances from it. The hook is that one actress plays all those people—not only the three women synecdochized in the title, but also a four-year-old boy, a lesbian doctor, an old widow, and a the husband who obsesses on the blonde, fucks the brunette, and betrays the redhead. Deborah Staples is entertaining as the blonde, a tough Russian chick whose thick accent and sequins amount to an ethnic joke. She also has a tender passage as the redhead. Staples's brunette, however, is a disappointment, given the character's intriguing combination of canniness and self-delusion. And her males are dreadful—particularly the husband, who seems to have dropped in on this suburban tale from a truck stop in Hoboken. —Tony Adler

Price: $45-$65

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